Day of the Dead - New York City - 2020

Day of the Dead - New York City - 2020

Day of the Dead

Date TBD

Free admission

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.

Día de Muertos or Dia de los Muertos 

In 2012, we officially dropped the article los from our Día de los Muertos celebration name. The frequent use of Día de los Muertos in the U.S. is a back-translation of Day of the Dead into Spanish. In Mexico, traditionally, this celebration is known as Día de Muertos.

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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.

Please be advised:

  • Commercial photography is not allowed
  • Photography by the public is permitted for personal use only 
  • Mano a Mano:  Mexican Culture Without Borders will be photographing this event. Photos may be used in the organization's print, multimedia, and online materials. By entering the event premises, you are consenting to these uses.
  • An adult must accompany children at all times
  • Soliciting, posting, distributing any sign, notice, ad or printer materials is prohibited