Significance of sugar skulls on Day of the Dead

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

SAN ANTONIO – Day of the Dead is about honoring loved ones that have passed on, and sugar skulls help do just that.

You can decorate the sugar skulls with glitter, feathers, colored foil and you can write the name of your deceased loved one on its forehead. As for why they’re made of sugar?

When you place the sugar skull at a gravesite, ants will get to them or the rain will wash them away, which symbolizes a temporary status of life.

Learn more about sugar skulls and their significance to the Day of the Dead traditions in the video player above.

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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.