Day of the Dead 2012
Celebrate Day of the Dead • 2012 • New York City
11.09.2012 - 11.11.2012
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Free event and open to the public
A Tribute to Mexican and Mexican-American Women
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery 10th Street & Second Ave. - Manhattan
November 9 - 11, 2012
Market - Delicious Mexican Food & Mexican Crafts on Sale!
Join us for our tenth annual Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebration in New York City. 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). We invite you to come and remember your own departed loved-ones and bring copies of photographs, candles, and marigold flowers to adorn our community Altar throughout the four-day celebration.
Tours of the altar are available in the morning prior to opening to the public on Friday, November 2 by appointment only. A brief history and importance of the tradition will be explained to groups of five or more visitors. For more information call or email.
Program highlights include:
- Join us for a procession through the Village streets carrying banners made by artists in honor of Mexican and Mexican-American women with Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl in Ixachitlan and blessing of the altar November 10th at 1pm starting at Union Square Park (14 Street and Broadway).
- Visitors of all ages can attend workshops where they learn traditional Mexican paper crafts on Friday and poetry writing in English, and Spanish on Sunday, November 11.
- Musical presentations by Mariana Ramírez y Diana Malgrejo: Mexican Marimba Duet and Mariachi Flor de Toloache on Sunday.
Mexican food and crafts available for purchase throughout the event!
Special thanks to the artists who contributed a banner in honor of Mexican women: Luz Aguirre, Miguel Ángel Ángeles, Cesar Bermudez, Daisy Flores, Leticia Madrigal Merlín, José Luis Ortiz Téllez, Paula Sánchez-Kucukozer, Emily Socolov, Katie Wollman.
About Day of the Dead
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.
How to Get There
Subway: 6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street, NYU, L to 3rd Avenue, F to Second Avenue, or any train to Union Square
Bus: M8, M15, M101, M102, M103.
Accessibility: This event is wheelchair accessible.
Mexican Holiday Celebrations: Support for Day of the Dead was provided in part by Mex-Am Cultural Foundation Inc; the Union Square Awards, a project of the Tides Center; New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Special thanks to St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery.
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