@chances-taken-hope-embraced I understand how it us offensive too. I am of German, Irish, Russian, and a few other Northern European decent. However, I have a large amount of German in me and constantly hear various slams about the German culture regarding WW 2 and Oktoberfest and such. I think the important thing to educate yourself on what you find interesting so that you not only educate yourself on another culture, but so that you don't offend anyone intentionally. Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way. However, I believe that every culture is beautiful and should be celebrated. :)
@shsskater Since my family is from Mexico I can understand what @jomemoki is saying. However, I also agree with you. I think that what @jomemoki meant is (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is that it is offensive when people use it to mock or criticize our culture. I've had many experiences where people have said to me that Dia de los Muertos is stupid because we are making fun of death, and they use that as an excuse to insult the celebration and the culture as a whole. Also, some people do not take the time to learn about the reasons behind the celebration, and decide to paint their face or tattoo a sugar skull just because it is appealing to them. While this is a form of art, it does symbolize something very different than the skull we would use for Halloween, for example. I also want to say that I applaud you @shsskater, for taking the time to learn more about our culture and appreciate one of our most important celebrations. I think it is beautiful that something that makes us different can also be the thing that can unite us. :D
@aidised Isn't La Catrina a lady who died very wealthy and shows that death is a neutralizing force amongst people? She is very loved by the culture and is an essential figure in the embodiement of the holiday and the Mexican culture's ability to even laugh at death, right?