Day of the Dead - New York City - 2017

Day of the Dead - New York City - 2017

Day of the Dead - New York City - 2017

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders


Day of the Dead

Oct 27 - 29, 2017 • 1-6pm

East Yard of St. Mark's in-the-Bowery
11th Street and 2nd Ave in Manhattan 

Free event and open to the public

Art • Live Music • Mexican Folk Art Market • Mexican Food

Celebrate our beloved Day of the Dead tradition in New York City with art-marking, live music and more.

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a time to honor and revere our deceased family members and ancestors. This tradition is rooted in the native Mexican belief that life on earth is a preparation for the next world and of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship to the dead. Join us and dedicate our ofrenda (altar) to your departed loved-ones by placing copies of photographs.

Friday, October 27

12-6pm   Marketplace
Mexican folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale.
1pm      Altar Building
Members of the public can join our team in altar building.
3pm      Workshop: Paper Flowers
Create your own paper flowers and place them as an offering at the altar or take them home with you.
3:30pm  Cake offering
Join the Cake Boss Team at our festival. There will be fun activities for all ages, live music, and of course some free cake! Join us at the celebration and meet some of the Cake Boss cast!

Saturday, October 28

12-6pm Marketplace
Mexican folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale.
3pm     Son Pecadores
Enjoy the regional folk musical style of Mexican Son from Veracruz
5pm     Claudia Valentina Trio
Enjoy Mexican music in honor of Day of the Dead

Due to the expected damaging wind and heavy rain during Sunday’s storm, Saturday (Oct 28) is our closing day. Most of Sunday's activities have been rescheduled for Saturday. The altar will be taken down at 7 pm (Saturday).

Sunday, October 29

12-6pm   Marketplace
Mexican handcrafts and folk art, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto bread, and Mexican food on sale.
1pm     Day of the Dead Button making

Make a button for you or a loved one inspired on the holiday.
2pm     Traditional Dance Procession from Union Square to St. Mark’s
Traditional Dance Performance by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa (Cancelled)
Ceremonial performance by the indigenous community based circle.
4pm     Mini Altar Workshop (Cancelled)
Mariachi Tapatío
As we end, join us for a special Mariachi performance
6pm      Taking down the Altar & closing
Items from the altar are shared with the public.

Event is outdoors rain or shine. The scheduled activities are subject to change in case of snow or high winds. For updates or any changes during the event, follow us on Twitter at   @MexCulture

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.

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Thank you to our supporters


Day of the Dead is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Thanks to the staff of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery.


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