Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

10.29.2010 - 10.31.2010
St. Mark's Church

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Travel to Mexico with Mano a Mano for our eighth annual Day of the Dead (Día de los muertos). A variety of events and workshops will be offered in the churchyard of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery (10th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan) from Friday, October 29th to Sunday October 31st.  All events are free and open to the public.

 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, 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 and has organized a series of events including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music. 

This year, in observance of the bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence and the centennial of its Revolution, valiant figures from Mexico’s past will be honored. In addition, local artists will be invited to create three small altars on the themes of Women of Juárez, Victims of Drug Trafficking, and Children Who Have Died. A weekend Mexican Market will provide visitors with a chance to buy authentic products for their altars.

Program Highlights include: 

  • Noche Mexicana on Friday, October 29th with food music and dance
  • Visitors of all ages can attend workshops where they will learn traditional Mexican paper crafts, sugar skull making, bread making and poetry writing on Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st
  • Performance by Radio Jarocho, a spirited music and dance ensemble, performing in the Afro-Mexican tradition on Saturday, October 30th
  • A procession with traditional Mexican dancers through the Village streets on October 30th
  • The celebration concludes on Sunday, October 31th with a stunning performance by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino.  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 public.  Mexican food will be available for purchase throughout the event

How to Get There: Subway: #6 to Astor Place, L to 3rd Avenue, F to Second Avenue, or any train to Union Square.  Bus: M8, M15, M101, M102, M103.

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Accessibility: This event is wheelchair accessible.

For information please call 212-587-3070 or email: Turn on JavaScript!.

Support for Mano a Mano was provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program, a State agency and the New York City, Department of Cultural Affairs.

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