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The word calavera (pronounced: [kalaˈβeɾa], Spanish for "skull") can refer to a number of cultural phenomena associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls Day.
- calaveras de azúcar ("sugar skulls") are used to adorn altars and can be eaten.
- calaveras literarias are poems, written for the Day of the Dead but intended to humorously criticize the living.
- calavera can refer to any artistic representations of skulls, such as the lithographs of José Guadalupe Posada.
See also 
- Luscinski, Amy, Day of the Dead (PDF), retrieved 2007-11-13, "Molded from a sugar paste, then decorated with icing, glitter and foil, these skulls often are placed on altars. The sugar represents the sweetness of life, and the skull represents the sadness of death."
- Rangel, Sonia. "Calavera poetry reading slated for Nov. 1". Tejano Tribune. Retrieved 2007-11-13.[dead link]
- Barradas, Francisco (2007-11-01). "Calaveras and Posadas". El Tecolote (in spanish). Retrieved 2007-11-13.
- About an José Guadalupe Posada's Calavera Revolucionaria, retrieved 2007-11-13, "Posada created many images of calaveras (skeletons) performing many different human activities. These images were/are used for the Day of The Dead celebrations in Mexico."
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