“La Catrina” is a very emblematic figure in Mexico; It’s origin comes from an engraving made by the Mexican cartoonist José Guadalupe Posadas. He originally named the skeleton wearing a European style hat as “La Calavera Garbancera”, the skeleton went on to become the symbol of the “Día de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) in Mexico.
At a later time, the Mexican artist Diego Riviera renamed the figure as “La Catrina” in his art piece titled Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central.
In Mexico, death is represented by a skull and for this reason the skull plays a large part in the Mexican celebrations of “Día de Muertos”. One of the most famous, and the one that is now considered the simbol of these traditional festivities is “La Catrina”.
In the modern day depictions, “La Catrina” can be seen drinking the traditional Mexican drink of Pulque, strolling through beautiful gardens or even sitting alongside politicians and Mexican artists. Each and every year that the “Día de Muertos” festival in Mexico, this emblematic icon is present in full force during the first few days of November.