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Ivan Galvez, 8, center, stands with other Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin members before performing on Friday, November 2, 2018, during the 14th annual Día de los Muertos celebration at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle. 
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Ivan Galvez, 8, center, stands with other Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin members before performing on Friday, November 2, 2018, during the 14th annual Día de los Muertos celebration at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

PHOTOS: Día de los Muertos at El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza held it's 14th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Friday night. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is centered around remembering the lives of friends and family members that have died.

This year, the theme at El Centro de la Raza was 'viva la lucha, viva la resistencia y la esperanza,' or 'long live the struggle, the resistance, and hope'.

'This year we want to honor all those whose lives were lost because of forceful separation, poverty, lack of resources and all the lives who perished in Puerto Rico for the lack of response," read the Día de los Muertos pamphlet.

Crowds gathered to look at the Ofrenda Exhibit, watch performances, eat and have their faces painted.

"It's a celebration. It's remembering those who have passed on," said Cristina Jiminez. "It's a part of my history."

"For El Centro, it's sharing our culture. We have cultural events and it's letting Seattle know what people celebrate in other countries," Jiminez said.

"It's us sharing something that we hold very dear."