Day of the Dead - New York City - 2019
Day of the Dead
October 26 - 27, 2019
East Yard of St. Mark's in-the-Bowery
10th 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.
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.
Additional support provided by St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Mexican Folk Arts NYC.