The Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos has become increasingly popular and well-known around the world. As a result, you can visit the Day of the Dead celebrations in various countries, and buy all sorts of related items. The original celebration is to pray for and remember friends and family members and help support their spiritual journey. And includes festivals, parades and family gatherings at cemeteries. So your thoughts on this Asda Day of the Dead Pretty Skull Mug from the George Home range will depend on how you feel about appropriating a Mexican festival for kitchen ware.
Personally I like it. My family has always tended towards trying to celebrate loved ones who have passed. And in addition to appearing in films and video games, the Dias de los Muertos holiday has been promoted by Mexican emigrants and even embassies around the world. It starts on October 31st each year, the same day as Halloween, which was also originally a three-day remembrance of the departed based on Christian and Celtic roots such as Samhain.
And I’m much keener on tamales, pan de muerto sweet rolls and calaveras sugar skulls rather than candy apples and mass-produced sweets and chocolate.
Anyway, back to the Asda Day of the Dead Pretty Skull Mug. It’s earthenware, with a hand-painted finish on the embossed 3D design, and is pretty sizeable. So not only good for coffee, but perfect for something like a generous serving of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and cream on top, for example.
It’s claimed to be dishwasher and microwave safe. We don’t actually have a dishwasher so can’t test that, but one review left on the product page does claim a couple of hairline cracks appeared, so probably best to wash by hand. But it’s certainly reasonably priced at £3.50 for the mug, which definitely stands out even amongst the wide and varied collection we appear to have accumulated since Liz brought them with her…
If the Day of the Dead isn’t to your taste, there are some other interesting mugs from the George Home range for a similar price, including a panda, a cat, and one I wish I’d seen earlier to help the geekier side of our kitchen theme – a robot-shaped mug! Which I might well have to pick up for Liz, seeing as we’re both tech-obsessed and I’m still refusing to drink tea or coffee like a grown up.