The South Side Community Organization sponsored an event for Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — on Sunday at the Guadalupe Center.

“The Guadalupe Center here has been doing it for quite a few years, and it gives them a chance to have a place to do that,” said Louis Amezquita, a board member with the organization that helped organize the event. “Every year, it seems like we get a better turnout. We get new people — which we love. They get a chance to learn about us, because we’re here for the community all year.”

Dia de los Muertos is an amalgam of native Mexican spiritual beliefs in the afterlife and Catholic tradition. People build altars for dead relatives and friends to connect with the spirits of their loved ones. On Nov. 1, All Saints Day, children who have died are commemorated, while the lives of adults and ancestors are marked on Nov. 2, All Souls Day.

Amezquita said Tracy families brought Dia de los Muertos from Mexico.

“A lot of these families have been connected to us for years and years. Their grandparents were the ones who built this building,” he said. “We’re not just here for the Southside, we’re here for all of Tracy.”

Contact the Tracy Press at or 835-3030.

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