ARTgrove Vol.2 “Dia de Los Muertos”, a first of it’s kind cultural creative event put on by ARTners nonprofit in Elk Grove, CA and sponsored by the City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Arts Commission, Elk Grove Diversity and Inclusion Commission and SMUD. The event took place at Old Town Plaza in Old Elk Grove, on October 30-31, 2021. The event was well accepted, approximately 2000 attended over a two day period. We received so much gratitude from the community thanking ARTners for contributing to our community in a cultural and creative way. The artwork was reviewed and received many compliments. Also the vendors, performerrs and DJ received many compliment. We can’t wait to do this again. Please look for advertisements for the next event ARTgrove “Mural Madness” Vol.3, in March 2022.
Meaning: Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican traditional holiday that has evolved from Indigenous rituals and throughout the centuries it has been infused with religion and regional traditions. It is currently observed in Mexico, the United States and globally.
How we celebrate: Families build “altares” (altars) to welcome the spirits of our loved ones back to the earthly realm, providing “ofrendas” (offerings) such as fragrant marigolds and incense, Pan de Muerto, and objects they enjoyed while living among us. Also, placing “calaveras and calacas” on altars to represent those who have passed.