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El Dia de los Muertos celebration adds to October flavor

• Oct 24, 2019 at 1:31 PM

WISE — Pro-Art adds to October’s festivities with a Latin American parallel to Halloween in Pound.

The Latin Ballet of Virginia performs its El Dia de los Muertos Celebration at J.W. Adams Combined School’s Wise County Performing Arts Center on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The Latin Ballet of Virginia — a professional dance company and school of dance — provides multicultural dance programs, instruction and performances for a diverse community, including the focus of the Oct. 29 event.

El Dia de los Muertos’s roots as an Aztec ritual and commemoration began at least 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, Mesoamerican natives, African-Americans and Spanish blend their traditions during the multi-day holiday, which involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember loved ones who have died.

In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view the holiday not as a day of sadness, but as a day of celebration because their loved ones awake and celebrate with them.

Tickets to the celebration are $10 and all students are free. Commemorative sugar skull t-shirts designed by local artist Samuel Henry will be available for purchase.

For more information on the El Dia de los Muertos Celebration and other Pro-Art programs, email [email protected] or call (276) 376-4520.

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