Local elementary group celebrates "Día de los Muertos" with traditional dance

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.

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.

La Perla Tapatia, a dance group from Irving Elementary composed of 30 girls from different cultural backgrounds performed dances like Veracruz that embraces Hispanic culture.

"Every dance has a story behind it and that is what we are trying to represent today,” said Aliyah Gurado, Dancer.

High schoolers, Marcella and Aliyah Gurado have danced since elementary school, got the chance to express their heritage through dance.

“Students who don't know about Hispanic culture will be able to learn about it through our dancing and music,” said Dancer, Marcella Garcia.

This holiday tradition keeping the memory of passed family members alive and bringing the diverse community of Siouxland together.

This is the 8th year students have been involved with celebrating the holiday.

Day of the Dead officially begins on October 31st and is celebrated through November 2.

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