SOMArts’celebrates their annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition with traditional altars and contemporary installations.
For the holiday of Dia de los Muertos celebrants build temporary altars in memory of loved ones who have died. It is a traditional activity incorporating spiritualism, symbolism, family, faith, and community.
The Mission Cultural Center is hosting a gala reception on Nov. 2 for “Death in Parallel/Muerte Paralela,” a Day of the Dead exhibit which runs through Nov. 4.
Sugar skulls are incorporated into most Dia de los Muertos altars. While many shops and bakeries sell sugar skulls, the edible jewels are often made at home or at workshops.
The Dia de los Muertos festival in Fruitvale ran down Oakland’s International Boulevard, stretching from Fruitvale Avenue to 39th Avenue on Oct. 26, 2008. The main attractions were the altars, a Dia de los Muertos staple, created by professional artists and members of the public who were moved to honor life and death.