Catrina, the Grand Dame of Death, is a symbol often seen in Day of the Dead celebrations honoring ancestors and influential people who have passed from this world. La Catrina was brought to international notoriety when famed muralist, Diego Rivera used it in his 1947 mural, “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park” featuring La Catrina holding hands with Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and many historical figures.
Catrina figurines hold significant cultural importance in Mexico, especially during the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). These figurines often depict elegantly dressed skeleton women, symbolizing the blending of life and death. They serve as a reminder that death is a natural part of the human experience and should be embraced rather than feared. During Dia de los Muertos, families create altars and ofrendas (offerings) adorned with Catrina figurines, sugar skulls, and marigold flowers to honor and remember deceased loved ones.