On November 1st, Sol Collective hosted a community celebration at the Sacramento History Museum, free of cost, to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos from 6pm-9pm.
Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican tradition that is observed on October 31st and ends November 2nd. Dia de Los Muertos focuses on the gathering of communities to honor to honor the lives of loved ones.
Sol Collective celebrated Dia de Los Muertos with arts and cultural activities for attendees to participate in. Sol Collective brought out sugar skulls for the attendees of the event to decorate and take home. Also attendees were able to paint their faces as skulls to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. Vendors were set up around the event to show off what type of crafts they had. All over the event, were many different art installations.
To honor the attendees’ loved ones there were altars spread out. First, you would walk in the event, then be greeted by one of the Sol Collective’s interns and handed a small bushel of flowers. The flowers were specifically made to be offering for their loved ones. They could take the bushel of flowers to two different altars, one altar was in the middle of this event. The altar was decorated with orange flowers and calaveras, which are skulls. The attendees were able to take their flowers and any belongings of their loved one to make an offering for them, also honor their souls.
The other altar was in the back of the event. It was blocked off from anyone going inside. The people allowed were the Aztec dancers who blessed the altar. This altar was surrounded by a 100 foot long snake. The dancers performed ceremonial dances for the altar. At one point in time, the attendees were allowed to take their flowers and give them to the dancers to be placed on the altar.
Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican tradition, but brings together all different types of cultures to help let them honor their ancestors who have passed away on this journey we call life.