Symbolism behind Calavera in Day of the Dead traditions

KSAT Day of the Dead stories highlight tradition, celebration of life and death in Mexico

Calaveras are not just the painted skulls you see every year. They have a deep significance for Dia de Muertos.
Calaveras are not just the painted skulls you see every year. They have a deep significance for Dia de Muertos.

SAN ANTONIO – Calaveras are not just the painted skulls you see every year. They are symbolic in many ways for Dia de Muertos. Calaveras can be written or read out load, and are mostly satirical, humorous or poetic.

In this Day of the Dead story, we explain how the Calavera has been used traditionally over generations to comment on society, people, politics and entertainment.

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About the Authors:

RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.