Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Souls of the City Festival Oct. 21 in Old Sacramento

Sacramentans are invited to celebrate the ancient traditions of Dia de los Muertos at the 11th annual Souls of the City Festival in Old Sacramento from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

The free family-friendly festival includes hands-on education for adults and children, live performances, art installations, community vendors and more.

Founded and organized by local nonprofit Sol Collective in partnership with the Center for Sacramento History and City of Sacramento, Souls of the City is Sacramento’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Deriving from Mesoamerican traditions throughout Mexico and Central America, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is a tradition celebrating and honoring the lives of relatives and ancestors past, according to Sol Collective.

“Sol Collective believes that through open education and sharing of cultures that respect, understanding, and equity are cultivated,” said Can Foster of Sol Collective. “We encourage community members of all backgrounds to come out, learn the history, and participate in honoring their loved ones that have passed.”

Attendees are encouraged to honor their loved ones who have died by bringing pictures and cherished items of to place on the community altars, creating a collective tapestry of memories and stories.

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