One of the things we hope to do with our group is expose our "kids" to different cultures and traditions. My longtime friend and Professor of History at Richland College, Michelle Navarro, has agreed to have her group, ALAS (Achieving Latino Academic Success) teach our "kids" to make sugar skulls, a beautiful and important art celebrating "Dia de los Muertos" ("Day of the Dead")
Here's a little more about the holiday: "Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Day. The festivities start at midnight on the 31st October. Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased. The reason they are called “sugar skulls” is because the authentic sugar skulls were made out of clay molded sugar, decorated with feathers, colored beads, foils and icing. These sugar skulls are very colorful and whimsical, not scary at all." (https://crueldazeofsummer.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/sugar-skulls-status-in-popular-culture-what-is-their-meaning-and-where-do-they-originate-from/)
So join us as we try our hand at some colorful art and learn something new!
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