I thought it was considered disrespect to do so if you are not hispanic? Can you explain why it isnt?
It isn’t inherently disrespectful trying to partake in a different culture, it’s about your attitude, like if you’re mocking and dismissive it’s not cool but if you actually understand what is being celebrated and why, it’s okay.
I think the main point of concern for Latinos is when people think that Day of the dead is just a Mexican Halloween, but it’s actually a day to remember our deceased loved ones, some people are solemn about it, they build altars or quietly visit cemeteries and pray, but for other people it’s a big celebration, they wear skull makeup (regular, not sugar skulls), have a parade, traditional food, dance and drink.
The sugar skull makeup I think is a fairly recent thing. It’s a very ornate candy that people use to decorate altars and graves but lately we’ve realized that it looks really cool as a costume too, and that’s okay. It’s very specific to Mexican culture but all in all it’s just a costume, it has no religious significance. Anyone can wear it.