Day of the Dead 2018 ~ Día de los Muertos NYC

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is an Aztec Catholic Méxican celebration of life when we invite family who have passed to visit Oct 31 – Nov 2.

México City Day of the Dead Parade

Saturday, October 27, 2019
ESTRELA DE LUZ TO EL ZOCALO, Mexico City ~ The real parade was inspired by the fictional parade in the James Bond movie ‘Spectre’

Mercado Global Fashion Forward Celebration 2018

November 1, 2018, Thursday
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Bowery Hotel
East Village, Manhattan
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Join:
Karla Martinez de Salas, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Mexico & Latin America,
Yael Aflalo, Founder of Reformation,
Alida Boer, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur,
in helping rural Guatemalan women become entrepreneurs

Staten Island Day of the Dead Festival 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta School
West Brighton, Staten Island
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A family Day of the Dead Festival with ofrenda making and other Méxican cultural activities

Wednesday, October 31

Prepare ofrendas (altars) to invite family souls to come back and visit.

Thursday, November 1 ~ Día de los Santo Inocentes

The souls of children who have been invited, come back to visit their families.

Friday, November 2 ~ Día de los Muertos

The souls of adults who have been invited, come back to visit their families. Many of us spend the day tending family graves.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem, Manhattan from 2:30 pm – 5 pm. Included with admission. $18, age 19 and under FREE

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at St. Peter’s Church next to the Citibank building in Midtown East, Manhattan. Mass from 6 – 7 pm. Celebration from 7 – 10 pm. Family-oriented and FREE

Saturday, November 3

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights, Brooklyn from 10 am – 4:45 pm. $11

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan’s Upper West Side from 11 am – 5 pm. $11


 

El Museo del Barrio

Wednesday-Sunday
Art museum
EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ Puerto Rican, Caribbean & Latin American art museum and community center

Staten Island Day of the Dead Festival 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta School
West Brighton, Staten Island
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A family Day of the Dead Festival with ofrenda making and other Méxican cultural activities

Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ on NY1

Enscenario: El Día de Muertos Llega al Town Hall
by Fernando Cárdenas
NY1 Theater Reporter
November 3, 2017

Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ on NBC News

What’s El Día de los Muertos? It’s Not Scary, and It’s Not Halloween
by Kristina Puga
November 1, 2017

Mano a Mano Day of the Dead celebration

St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th St
at Second Ave
East Village, Manhattan
Friday – Sunday
October 27 – 29, 2017

Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ celebrates Day of the Dead at The Town Hall

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Queens Theatre
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Town Hall, Midtown, Manhattan
Saturday, November 4, 2017

NYC Parks Day of the Dead

Saint Mary’s Park
Mott Haven, The Bronx
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Day of the Dead celebrates life

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.

  1. On October 31st, families prepare ofrendas.
  2. On November 1st, Día de los Angelitos, the spirits of children visit. It’s associated with the Christian All Saints Day.
  3. On November 2, Día de los Muertos, the spirits of adults visit. Families also clean and decorate the graves of family members. It’s associated with the Christian All Souls Day.

Catrina La Calavera Garbancera is the icon of the Day of the Dead

October 31 – November 2
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Skull Catrina, by José Guadalupe Posada, makes fun of dark people trying to be white and Americans trying to be European. Death teaches that we are all equal.

Mexican Marigold, Aztec Marigold, Cempasúchil are Day of the Dead flowers

October 31 – November 2
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Mexican Marigolds are a Central American flower with healing powers that attract spirits to visit their families on the Day of the Dead

Ofrendas are home altars that invite family souls to visit on the Day of the Dead

October 31
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We build home altars to invite family souls to visit us on the Day of the Holy Innocents (November 1) and the Day of the Dead (November 2)

Mictlancihuatl is the Aztec goddess of the underworld

October 31 – November 2
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“You live as long as someone remembers you.” We remember you Mictlancihuatl.

Celebrate All Souls Day, the Catholic day for remembering dead family

November 2
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The Catholic day for tending family graves was blended in Mexico with Aztec traditions into the Day of the Dead

México City Day of the Dead Parade

Saturday, October 27, 2019
ESTRELA DE LUZ TO EL ZOCALO, Mexico City ~ The real parade was inspired by the fictional parade in the James Bond movie ‘Spectre’

‘Coco’, Disney’s Day of the Dead movie is at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Thursday, July 25, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ Mariachi Real de Mexico plays the main plaza, then La Santa Cecilia from Los Angeles performs before a screening in Spanish with English subtitles. 2018 Oscar & Golden Globe Best Animated Film

Aztec traditions, blended with Spanish Catholic traditions (All Souls Day), blended with American Halloween traditions (face painting), into something uniquely Méxican that has become part of the entire world’s cultural heritage.

Souls pass right through walls.