Simi Valley Acorn Newspaper – November 3, 2017 Edition

DANCING TO HONOR LOST LOVED ONES
Above Teotl Goitia, center, dances with the Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc troupe as part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley on Oct. 29. They are a group who’s purpose is to preserve the traditions of their ancestors.“We do this for the children so they don’t lose their identity,” Goitia said. At left, 10-year-old Tlahui Goitia is the lead drummer for the dance troupe. Far left, America Cortez, 13, dances on stage with Grupo Folklorico Viva Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebration.

FACE PAINTING FUN
Aaliyah Wedermann, 5, checks out her face paint during the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Strathearn Park on Sunday.

DANCING FOR THE DEAD – Cabeza (aka Leader) Teo Goitia (center) dances with the Danza Azteca Cuauhtemoc Group as part of the Dia Los Muertos Celebration at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley, Califor. on Sunday October 29. They are a group who’s purpose is to preserve the traditions of their ancestors. “We do this for the children so they don’t lose their identity.” said Goitia. JESSE WATROUS / Acorn Newspaper

YOUNGEST DRUMMER – Tlahui Goitia (age 10) is the youngest and Lead Drummer for the Azteca Cuauhtemoc Group. Part of the Dia Los Muertos Celebration with this group is the music played by the drums. The rhythmic music sets the mood along with the dancing at at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley, Califor. on Sunday October 29. JESSE WATROUS / Acorn Newspaper

DANCING IN CELEBRATION FOR THE DEAD – America Cortez (age 13) dances on stage as part of the Grupo Folklorico viva Mexico during the Dia Los Muertos Celebration at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley, Califor. on Sunday October 29. JESSE WATROUS / Acorn Newspaper

FACE PAINTING FUN – Aaliyah Wedermann (age 5) smiles as she looks at herself after her face painting during the Dia Los Muertos Celebration at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley, Califor. on Sunday October 29. Adults and children enjoyed walking around with their face painted that looked like skulls at the event. JESSE WATROUS / Acorn Newspaper

Face Painting created by Mariuska Alferrano