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At the moment of writing this, it is currently November 2, our beloved “Día de los Muertos”; and I just happened to find the perfect image for the occasion. DeviantArt user Bamboota combined two of her favorite things — our Mexican tradition and video games — into this beautiful piece of seasonal art.

The most notable feature in the picture is the make-up on Zelda’s face, which is something very common in Mexico for this celebration. It mimics what we call “La Catrina”, which is the Mexican representation of Death or the Grim Reaper. It is quite common to find women wearing that make-up, along with the traditional dress and flower ornaments in their hair on this date. You can find all of this in the image: the make-up, the flowers, and the colors of the dress. The skulls on Zelda’s shoulders not only reflect what the Catrina is based on but are also a universal symbol of mortality, which we celebrate on this day.

I’m really glad to see the reach of my country’s traditions around the world and their influence on so many people and cultures. So I want to wish everyone, everywhere, a Happy Día de Los Muertos, and may the loving memory of our departed ones remain forever in our minds and hearts.

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