Dia de Los Muertos was an Aztec ritual that celebrated the lives of those who are deceased. The Spaniards who invaded Mexico tried to eliminate this month-long holiday with no success. Dia de Los Muertos was eventually merged with the Catholic All Saints ‘Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1st and 2nd to make the holiday seem more Christian .
According to Angela Villalba from the Reign Trading Co., sugar art dates back to the 17th century when Italian missionaries visited the New World. Mexicans during that time period had very little money and learned from the Catholic friars how to make decorations out of an ingredients they had plenty of — sugar. Were made of clay and the sugar decorations were used to adorn the church, gravestones, and the ofrendas (the collection Molds of objects placed on an altar for the holiday) for Dia de Los Muertos celebrations.