I’ve seen some posts making this guilt trip of how the people who like to dress up as a sugar skull or the Catrina for halloween or whatever is racist and cultural appropriation.
Nah, it’s completely fine, as long as you are not totally ignorant about it or disrespectful.
Sugar skull represents the deceased, in a joyful manner. And the Catrina is just a social critic which became an icon later on for the day of the dead and Mexico.
It is not offensive to turn this into a costume or an accessory because it already is, so if you want to dress up like sugar skulls on Halloween, do so, but atleast know it’s value.
Be open minded, don’t even hate, and share this rich culture we have with the rest of humanity, chill.
This post is about that eradicating guilt trip and blaming, and turn it into self awareness
No you can’t. Because Mexican people don’t “dress up in costumes” for Halloween. They take a historical role that is PART of our culture. It’s represents OUR DEAD AND OUR PEOPLE. Don’t encourage people to treat this as a Halloween trend, because in Mexico this isn’t done for “Halloween” it’s done for Dia De Los Muertos. We celebrate and miss our ancestors!
The respect for the culture should come no matter what and not only because something looks like a cool costume.
La Catrina is only ONE part of how we CELEBRATE, you can’t take one and not be informed of the rest.
I would never discourage people from learning about my culture and my people, but don’t don’t don’t encourage people to treat our culture as their entertainment. It’s sacred, it’s ours to showcase, it’s our history and we should decide how it’s perceived by people of the world.