Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

10.28.2007 - 11.02.2007
St. Mark's Church

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders www.manoamano.us hosts a variety of events and workshops to celebrate the traditional Day of the Dead in the churchyard of St. Mark’s (10th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan) from October 28th to November 2nd. The Day of the Dead has been one of Mexico’s most important festivals since pre-Hispanic times. It is a time for families to gather and welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. Cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, burning copal incense, fresh pan de muertos bread, candles, sugar skulls, photographs and mementos of the departed adorn special altars. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music and special offerings for people who have died. Mano a Mano recreates the magical space of a village churchyard during the celebration of Day of the Dead and has organized a series of events including altar-building, workshops, dance, poetry and music. This is a great opportunity for New Yorkers to remember their own departed loved-ones by bringing photographs, candles and flowers to adorn the altar throughout the week.

On Sunday, October 28th, visitors of all ages can join artists and volunteers in altar building from 2-5:00 pm. At 6:00 pm, Mexican dancers from throughout the city will be assembling at Union Square to walk in procession to the altar. There will be a moving dedication of the altar with dancers from 7 – 8:00pm.

On Monday, October 29th through Wednesday, October 31st, visitors of all ages can attend workshops between 6-8pm. There will be four workshops which repeat daily: paper crafts, sugar skulls, bread making and poetry writing. All of these workshops are geared to teaching the special foods, crafts and traditions practiced in Mexico for this important holiday.

On Thursday, November 1, An all-night vigil will begin at 10:00 pm and end around 7:00 am the following day (11/2) which features a traditional ceremony and the creation of an altar for the departed with flower petals, candles, food offerings and singing. Visiting dancer chieftains from Mexico will participate with members of the Mexican Conchero community in New York.

The celebration will end with a performance by a mariachi band. During this time, the public is invited to come share the bread and flowers and join in the clearing away of the altar.

All events are free and open to the pubic. Mexican food will be available for purchase throughout the event.

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