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Souls of the City Festival returns to Old Sacramento

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Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:30 am

Sol Collective invites the community to come learn the history and experience a traditional Day of the Dead ceremony.

Since 2011, Sol Collective has worked to bring the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos to the Sacramento community. The traditional Mexican Day of the Dead honors and celebrates the lives of relatives and ancestors who have passed on.

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 the three-day holiday.

In partnership with the Sacramento History Museum, Sol Collective will be hosting workshops on sugar skull making, altar building, mask creation and the history of Dia de los Muertos through arts. These workshops are open to anyone interested in learning about the ancient traditions and culture behind Dia De Los Muertos.

Sol Collective believes open education and the sharing of cultures can cultivate respect and understanding. The art collective encourages community members of all backgrounds to come out, learn the history and participate in honoring their lost loved ones.

All workshops ask for a sliding scale donation of $5 to $10, but no one is turned away due to lack of funds. For information about scholarships, email sol@solcollective.org.

Mini-Altars and Magnets with Florentina Favela

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sol Collective

Florentina Favela, local artist and educator, will lead a mini-altar workshop at the Sol Collective. Create a miniature "ofrenda" alter to honor loved ones in your home, office or classroom.

Bring your own personal photo (smaller-sized copies work best) and other items that remind you of your loved ones. Set up an altar with miniature pan dulce, candles, flowers and other items to add to your ofrenda. This workshop is suitable for all ages.

Honoring Our Past

5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Sacramento History Museum

Join community members as they discuss the meaning and history of Dia de los Muertos.

Plaster Masks with Amar Azucena Cid

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Sol Collective

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

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Sol Collective

Sugar skulls are a traditional offering used to celebrate 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 loved ones no longer with us.

In this workshop, sugar skulls will be colorfully decorated with icing, tin foil, glitter and colorful sugars. If cared for and kept dry, they can last for years.

Souls of the City Festival

6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 4 at the 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.

The Sol Collective is located at 2574 21st St., Sacramento. The Sacramento History Museum is located at 101 I St. For more information about Sol Collective's Dia de los Muertos activities, visit www.solcollective.org.

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