A concise Day of the Dead glossary. What is a Calavera, oferenda, catrina? Dia de los Muertos terms + traditions!

dia de los muertos or day of the dead glossary printables for parties
Glossary printables for parties and fiestas!

A short Day of the Dead glossary

Download this free printable glossary for guests at a party or for students in the classroom to introduce a few key phrases about Mexican el Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos terms and traditions used on and around the famous and colourful Mexican festival.

Alabanza – a hymn of praise
Alfenique – a special confection used to fashion skulls, fruits and other figures
Calacas – The Grim Reaper – a whimsical skeleton figure that represents death.
Calavera – a skull, also a slang term for “daredevil”
Calaveras – Songs, poems or satirical obituaries about the dead or Day of the Dead.
Calaveritas de azucar – decorative candied sugar skulls made for the DÌa de los Muertos
Careta – mask worn by dancers to scare the dead away at the end of the celebrations
Catrina – A female skeleton, created by Jose Guadalupe Posada’s icon of death. Catrina is a satire of a 19th century grande dame.
Cempazuchitl – A brightly colored orange or yellow marigold, the traditional flower of the dead which symbolizes death.
Copalli – a resin used to make scented incense.
DÌa Todos los Santos – All Saints’ Day
Ofrenda – “The offering”, a table or altar decorated to hold the offerings of food and drink for the weary spirit guests. See Happythought paper craft ofrenda!
Pan de los muertosbread of the dead
Papel picado – colourful tissue or crepe paper garlands with intricate, festive designs. Video tutorial + photo tutorial.

What is a Calavera, oferenda, catrina? Dia de los Muertos terms + traditions!

Download a concise Day of the Dead glossary using the form here

dia de los muertos glossary cards to print

Need ideas for this years Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos fiesta ideas! Printables, crafts and tutorials!

We also have a few bits of party advice, some Day of the Dead games and calavera coloring in pages to make your activity the best!

Try our very popular Free printable Mexican food signs to download from here: https://happythought.co.uk/day-of-the-dead/mexican-food-signs


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4 Responses to Day of the Dead glossary cards

  1. Good AM First your site is amazing. I am on a very tight budget and your pieces have made our party. One question. The Day of the Dead Glossary has the Bingo Game attached, not the pictures above of the Glossary. I am using this party as an educational opportunity for my daughters 1st grade class.
    Could you send over the correct file please???

  2. Your site is awesome! I will definitely be using some of these ideas this week while I student teach! Thanks for sharing some of the downloads!

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