A sugar skull (or calavera) is a decorative and edible skull made from sugar to clay which are used during the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.
The most popular calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with icing, beads and feathers.
Although a calavera is made of sugar, it is not meant to be eaten as it is a gift to the dead, as such, many sugar skulls are not long made of sugar but are made out of wood, nuts, chocolate, etc.
The paintings of skulls and skeletons is a representation of rebirth in the next life.
The more elegant the decorations on the sugar skull typically means the greater wealth of the deceased.
The tradition o f building private altars to honor the dead using sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite food and drink of the dead. Visiting the grave with gifts and other items.
On October 31, All Hallows Eve (Halloween), the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit.
History of Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. Source
The legendary sea monster was horrifying according to stories it was a huge, many armed, creature could reach as high as the top of a sailing ship’s main mast. A Kraken would attack a ship, wrap their arms around the hull and capsize it. The crew would drown or be eaten. What is amazing about the Kraken stories is that there is evidence that these creatures exist.
The early evidence about Kraken, from Norway in the twelfth century, refer to a creature the size of an island. In 1752, when the Bishop of Bergen et al wrote his The Natural History of Norway he described the Kraken as a “floating island” one and a half miles across. The Bishop of Bergan noted “It seems these are the creature’s arms, and, it is said, if they were to lay hold of the largest man-of-war, they would pull it down to the bottom.” As time past Kraken stories bring the creature down to a smaller, but still monstrous, size. Mythcreatures
Society6 offers some amazing, unique octopus shower curtains from various artists. The great thing about Society6 is that you can also get these images put on throw pillows, blankets, wall art, posters and more.
In addition to the octopus, you might also want to consider the Kraken. The Kraken is known as the monster of the sea and many have questioned whether it is an octopus or a squid (it’s a squid).
But many of the pictures showing a Kraken attack show an octopus attacking the ship. There are Kraken shower curtains further down the page if that is what you are looking for.
Octopus Fabric Shower Curtains for the Bathroom
Society6 Octopus Shower Curtains
Society6 has some incredible artists who have created very unique octopus designs for shower curtains. The imagination that some of these folks have is amazing. I would highly recommend that you have a look through their designs (here is the link to the octopus shower curtains).
Below are some examples, but here are soooo many different styles that I just can show them all here.
They have pages and pages of octopus shower curtains. All of their shower curtains are 100% polyester and can be machine washed. Simply pull it out of the washing machine and hang back up to dry. Check them out.
Thomas Paul Octopus Shower Curtain
One of the most popular octopus shower curtains is this blue one below from Thomas Paul.
Sea Lantern Night LightIf you are the type of person who puts a night light in the bathroom for your children or for your guests (in case they get up in the night and they are not familiar with your home), then this is a fabulous night light to put in your bathroom with your octopus decor. It is a sea lantern. It gives off a nice soft light – not too bright and plugs in to any standard outlet. A standard 5 watt bulb is included with the unit.
The shower curtain shown above is one of the most popular squid (or kraken)shower curtains on the market. You may or may not know that there is discussion if the Kraken is really a squid or an octopus (it’s a squid).
So I added this guy in for your entertainment and amusement :)
What you will find with the cheap shower curtains is that the images and colors are not as sharp as the more expensive shower curtains. In reading the different reviews, most of the complaints with the cheap shower curtains is that the picture is either blurry or pixilated. From a distance the picture looks fine but up close it’s not so good.
If you just want the “vibe” in the room, then go for the cheaper shower curtains, but if you want good colors and an awesome image then you will need to spend more on the shower curtain.