October 28, 2018 Arts & Culture

Irving Elementary celebrates “Día de los Muertos” with traditional dance

Dia De Los Muertos

A local dance group is embracing diversity by bringing the Day of the Dead tradition alive.Hundreds of Siouxlanders from different cultural backgrounds immersed into a tradition celebrated in Mexico, Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead with face paintings, films, and even meaningful celebrations of life.

“I think its important share cultures so other people in the world can know what your culture is about,” said Marina Rojas, dancer with Irving Elementary.

Students and families of Irving Elementary crafted “ofrendas” or altars giving them an opportunity to honor the lives of departed loved ones.

“It teaches younger kids who were born here that this is part of your culture these are your family members even if you have not met them and teaches them who they were and family member they never got to meet,” said Maria Guzman, Instructor of La Perla Tapatia.

Maria Guzman, built an altar dedicated to generations passed and decorated an altar with objects that they once enjoyed.

Día de Los Muertos is celebrated to November 2 but leading up to it families come out to here to festivals like here at the Sioux City Public to put altars, dance, and honor their loved ones.

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by Cynthia Monroy