Since 2011, Sol Collective has worked to bring the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to the Sacramento community. Shrouded in mysticism for many North Americans, Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrating and honoring the lives of relatives and ancestors past. Sol Collective’s annual Souls of the City festival and cultural arts programming offer hands-on education about the deep-rooted history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos.
For the sixth year, and in partnership with the Sacramento History Museum, Sol Collective will be hosting workshops in sugar skull making, altar building, and the history of Dia de los Muertos through arts. These workshops are open to anyone in the community interested in learning about the ancient traditions and culture behind Dia de Los Muertos.
Sol Collective believes that it is through open education and sharing of cultures that respect, understanding, and equity are cultivated. In our current political climate it is this education that separates cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. We encourage community members of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds to come out, learn the history, and participate in honoring their loved ones passed.
Souls of the City 2017 Schedule:
This workshop will teach the traditions of creating Dia de Los Muertos masks using plaster. These masks are traditionally used to hide one’s identity during Dia de Los Muertos ceremony. Participants will learn
the techniques behind plaster mask making and decoration. This workshop is hands-on and communal. All participants will leave with a custom created plaster mask they have created.
Sugar skulls are a traditional offering used to celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Usually placed as decorations to recognize those who have passed away, the sugar skull represents a departed soul and can have the name written on the forehead to be placed at a home altar or gravestone to honor the loved ones no longer with us. In this workshop Sugar Skulls will be colorfully decorated with icing, tin foil, glitter and colorful sugars. Fun for the whole family! And If cared for and kept dry, they can last for years.
Join community members as they discuss the meaning and history of Dia de los Muertos.
Souls of the City Festival – November 4 // 6pm-10pm // Sacramento History Museum
We invite the entire community to come join us as Sacramento Aztec Dancers Maquilli Tonatiuh lead the official Day of the Dead ceremony at the annual Souls of the City festival in Old Sacramento.