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WHS hosted its annual Day of the Dead, or 'Día de los Muertos,' celebration Thursday, Nov. 1

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Alondra Barajas works on a Day of the Dead craft.Wilsonville High School hosted its annual Day of the Dead, or 'Día de los Muertos,' celebration Thursday, Nov. 1. 'Día de los Muertos' is a Mexican holiday from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 that has gained momentum in the U.S. over the years.

It celebrates the lives of loved ones who've died. On Nov. 1, the holiday was celebrated locally with hundreds of West Linn-Wilsonville community members. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Eylse Fumasi paints a Day of the Dead mask.

The evening was filled with traditional art crafted by WL-WV students, a professional mariachi band, "Mariachi Viva Mexico," a student Mariachi group comprised of Meridian Creek Middle School and WHS students called "Los Tres Diamantes," and traditional folklórico dancers from Wilsonville schools called "De Colores." There were also kid-friendly activities and food carts. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Jose Iglesias and the rest of his band entertains the crowd at Thursday's Day of the Dead event.

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Yailine Enriquez practices her dance moves as she waits to perform.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Anna Marks checks out the are display of Day of the Dead inspired student work.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  -  Wilsonville High School sophomore Katy Tueck paints her Day of the Dead face.

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