On Sunday, October 20, Yuba Sutter Arts will again present a “Dia de Los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” celebration. The event will be held at Yuba Sutter Arts’ Marysville theater, courtyard and art gallery at 630 E Street from 11 - 4pm. This community cultural celebration is free and suitable for all ages!
The holiday has become a part of our popular culture through the whimsical skeleton figures and other art work along with films like “Coco” and “The Book of Life.” Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico and is acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends who pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed, and to help support their spiritual journey.
At the event there will be food, drinks, movies, face-painting and vendors with Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo inspired art! Come celebrate with and support local artists. Featured artists will include Lila Solorzano Rivera, a painter and the show’s curator who will be conducting a live art demonstration, Randy Rivera, an air brush artist who will also be creating art during the event, John Huerta, painter and sculptor and jewelry maker, Toni Rodriguez. Other artists will also be onsite showing their work.
Featured entertainers will be the Mariachi Guadalajara Kings from Sacramento. The trio will perform traditional songs on accordion, bass and vihuela.
Day of the Dead is celebrated at roughly the same time of year as Halloween and since the two share some common roots, Day of the Dead is sometimes referred to as the "Mexican Halloween", however, the focus of the two holidays is quite different. As celebrated today, Day of the Dead is essentially a family time, a time of reunion for both the living and the dead.
There are many traditions related to Day of the Dead. The flower most commonly associated with the holiday is the marigold which is thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings. Traditionally, toys are brought for children who have passed (los angelitos, or "the little angels"). Families also offer trinkets or the deceased's favorite candies. Altares or altars are also created in homes, usually with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto ("bread of dead"), and sugar skulls. The ofrendas or offerings are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased.