Dia de los Muertos Celebration
SRJC Petaluma will host a Dia de los Muertos event as part of a city-wide, cultural celebration by the City of Petaluma. This event will feature family-friendly activities such as traditional sugar skull decorating, an art show in Carol Mahoney Art Gallery, multiple showings of Disney Pixar’s Coco, and traditional dance performances by the Ballet Folklorico and Windsor Bloco, as well as booths with delicious food options.
El Día de los Muertos is a ritual celebration from México, Central and South America in which the spirits of dead loved ones are invited to visit the living as honored guests. Observed in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2, this tradition reflects the belief that death is part of life and that instead of sadness, this is a time of remembering and rejoicing. Central to the celebration is the creation of ofrendas or altars bearing pictures, lighted candles and traditional items including marigolds, bread, water fruit, and favorite foods of deceased family members. The ofrenda honors the loved ones who have died and welcomes them back for the celebration. Celebrated in Petaluma for the past 18 years, the observance presents an opportunity for cross-cultural sharing.