Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
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Our ninth annual Day of the Dead (Día de los muertos) was a resounding success. A variety of events and workshops were offered in the churchyard of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery (10th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan) from Saturday, October 29th to Wednesday November 2nd 2011.
Program Highlights included:
- A procession through the Village streets and blessing of the altar by the prehispanic dance group Atl Tlachinolli, October 29th at 3 pm starting at Union Square Park
- Visitors of all ages can attended workshops where they learned traditional Mexican paper crafts and poetry writing in English, Nahuatl and Spanish on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30st
- As well as a presentation/documentary film about human traffic victims by Cause Vision on Sunday, October 30th
- The celebration concluded Wednesday, November 2nd with a stunning performance by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino. During this time, the public was invited to come share the bread and flowers and join in the clearing away of the altar.
Mexican food and crafts were available for purchase throughout the event.
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.
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.
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. Special thanks to St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery.