1230 Fifth Avenue
between 104th & 105th St
Closed through Summer 2018
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican celebration of life that blends Aztec and Christian traditions honoring family dead Oct 31 – Nov 2.
St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th St
at Second Ave
East Village, Manhattan
Friday – Sunday
October 27 – 29, 2017
Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Town Hall, Midtown, Manhattan
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta School
285 Clove Rd
West Brighton, Staten Island
Sunday, October 22, 2017
The sentiment, color, and spirit of the native Mexican tradition comes to life in Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Dia de los Muertos, under the Artistic Direction of Alberto Lopez Herrera. Through Mexican folk dance, classical ballet, and live music, a timeless story of love and hope comes to life.
Sunday, October 29th
4 pm SOLD OUT
7:30 pm JUST ADDED
14 United Nations Ave S, Corona, NY 11368
Saturday, November 4th at 8 pm
123 West 43rd St, New York, NY 10036
More Day of the Dead News
The Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos has become popular worldwide, partly through the striking skeleton drawings of “La Calavera Catrina” by Mexican cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913).
The Native American tradition goes back thousands of years to the Aztec harvest festival honoring Mictlancihuatl, the Aztec queen of the underworld. It was originally celebrated throughout the month of August.
In many Native American traditions the worlds of the living and the dead are like two rooms in the same house. Death is not frightening. In fact, the Aztecs believed that death is reality and life is only a dream. That’s an interesting thought.
In some traditional cultures, the bones of family members were kept in the home. You could still speak with Grandma, by talking to her bones. In a way, she was also keeping an eye on you, so you had to be responsible. Christian priests imagined darkness in this and tried to change the tradition to All Souls Day.
The Day of the Dead comes from southern Mexico. The Mexican government made it a national holiday to help unite the country around culture. Today it is celebrated across the country.
Part of the Day of the Dead tradition is the creation of ofrendas, altars to entice the souls of family members to visit. Altars are decorated with marigolds, sugar skulls, paper cutouts, and mementos of the deceased. Toys are put out for child souls. Drinks are put out for adult souls. Food and sweets are put out for all. Marigolds are thought to attract the dead.
It’s a party filled with family and fun. Why else would the souls come back to visit?
Traditions vary from town to town, but the Day of the Dead celebration generally lasts for three days.
Aztec traditions, blended with Spanish Catholic traditions, blended with American Halloween traditions, into something uniquely Mexican.