Lecture Presentations and workshops
Interactive Lecture Presentations
Mexican Flag/Independence Day
Learn the history of the flag of Mexico and its meaning and symbolism dating back to the foundation of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) and the struggle for the country's independence.
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day but commemorates the Battle of Puebla of 1862. Learn about its unique and important history for both Mexico and the U.S.
Day of the Dead
El Día de Muertos or 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. Learn the meaning and history of one of Mexico’s oldest and most beloved traditions.
Mexican Indigenous Languages
Learn about the linguistic diversity of Mexico and its importance in the Mexican immigrant community in New York.
The posadas are traditional celebrations during the Christmas holiday season dating back to the colonial period. Experience the special traditions in song, foodways, drama and processions that happen during this special time of year.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Learn the historical and cultural importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Reina de las Americas - the Queen of the Americas, an important cultural icon.
Hands on Workshop Activities
Day of the Dead
Build an altar or ofrenda in memory of loved ones or the famous . This can be combined with the Day of the Dead lecture for a more in-depth look at the holiday.
Mexican Handcrafts in Paper
Learn to make paper flowers, papel picado (perforated paper), or piñatas (this is a minimum two-hour session).