Literary “Calaveras”: Honoring the Mexican tradition for Day of the Dead

  • Oct 29, 2020

By Eva Reinoso Tejada :::


Political “Calaveras” are a Mexican tradition of short poems, published and recited on November 1st and 2nd, for the celebration of the “Dia de Muertos” and All Saints Day. This tradition dates to the XIX Century and it’s been used to express political ideas in a burlesque style, that otherwise might cause prosecution.

Those who write these, do not need to be professional writers or poets, but to have a sharp sense of humor and the ability to write in rhyme. Mischief and sarcasm are key ingredients to write good “Calaveras”. These are used to denounce situations, highlight virtues or ridicule flaws. This year we honor the tradition of Calaveras in a non-political fashion, more focused on the realities of 2020 and on the 2020 Day of the Day Celebration that will take place in Aurora, Colorado, with the buildout of what could be the largest altar in the U.S., by designer and community leader Norberto Mojardín.

This first set refers to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This second set relates to the 2020 Day of the Dead Celebration i Aurora, Colorado