|In Spanish calavera means "skull," but each year in Mexico around the time of the Day of the Dead (November 1-2), the term takes on a different meaning. At this time, it refers to the imaginary obituaries that appear in local newspapers and humorously criticize well-known individuals who are very much alive. These satirical poems do not have a specific length, meter, or rhyme scheme. The calavera resembles the pasquín of Spain, an anonymously written attack posted publicly, which may have been introduced to Central America by Hernán Cortés.
Satire thrives in calaveras,
Like the pasquinade in tenor,
She who claims that aloe vera,
He who wrote those double-dactyls