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Day of the Dead Windows 7 Theme

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    This colorful Windows 7 theme features Mexican folk art skulls to celebrate Day of the Dead, and is also great for Halloween.

Just what is it about Fall that brings on thoughts of death and restless spirits? Perhaps it's the lengthening nights and howling winds: the end of October nears and we start feeling spooky. Much of the Western world celebrates Halloween, which is fun in its way. I, however, prefer the Mexican and Latin American tradition of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which falls on November 2.

Day of the Dead is a time to honor and celebrate our departed loved ones. It's not a sad time--in fact, it's marked by parties and parades in many Mexican and Latino communities. This free Windows 7 theme celebrates Day of the Dead with a parade of its own: beautiful photographs of colorfully decorated calaveras (skulls), including the traditional sugar skulls shared on that holiday.

This theme contains two photographs from members of the DeviantArt community: JK Studio's "Evil Eye DoD Mask 0" and Jared Normand's "Day of the Mini Dead." It also includes several gorgous photos offered by Flickr members under a Creative Commons license: two mouthwatering sugar skulls displays by nimdok and Christine Zenino, "Day of the Dead 7" by armadilo60, "Ofrenda Detail, Dia de los Muertos" by Jennifer Janviere (my favorite--a glittery skull with roses for eyes), "Las Calaveras" by [casey], and "Dia De Los Muertos Figure in Chichicastenango" by DavidDennisPhotos.com.

Day of the Dead Windows 7 Theme puts a parade of colorfully decorated Mexican folk art skulls on your desktop, perfect for celebrating Halloween or Dia de los Muertos in grand style.

Note: To install the Windows 7 theme, just unzip the archive file and double-click the themepack within. Windows does the rest.

--Kim Saccio-Kent

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    This colorful Windows 7 theme features Mexican folk art skulls to celebrate Day of the Dead, and is also great for Halloween.

    Pros

    • Well-curated selection of high-quality photographs

    Cons

    • No custom sound theme
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