Day of the Dead NYC ~ Día de los Muertos NYC

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.

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

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

El Museo del Barrio Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos Celebration

1230 Fifth Avenue
between 104th & 105th St
East Harlem
Wednesday – Sunday
Day of the Dead Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017

25th Staten Island Day of the Dead Festival 2017

Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta School
285 Clove Rd
West Brighton, Staten Island
Sunday, October 22, 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

NYC Parks Day of the Dead

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

NYC Halloween Parade 2017 is going to be a real thriller

Sixth Avenue
Spring to 16th St
Lineup at Canal & Sixth Ave
Tuesday, October 31, 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.

Count Basie Theatre ~ Red Bank, NJ

Thursday, October 26th
99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
10:30 am  School Performance Registration
7:30 pm  Tickets

Queens Theatre ~ Queens

Sunday, October 29th at 4 pm
14 United Nations Ave S, Corona, NY 11368
Tickets

The Town Hall ~ Manhattan

Saturday, November 4th at 8 pm
123 West 43rd St, New York, NY 10036
Tickets

 

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

Catrina is the modern image of Mictlancihuatl
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Day of the Dead Ofrendas are home altars with offerings for dead relatives

An ofrenda is a homemade altar filled with a collection of offerings to welcome the soul of a dead family member to visit on Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations

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

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

James Bond’s Day of the Dead parade inspired a real Mexico City parade

Paseo de la Reforma
Mexico City
Saturday, October 29, 2016

All Souls Day is a Christian day to remember dead family members

The Mexican Day of the Dead blends Aztec traditions with All Souls Day
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Day of the Dead honors Mictlancihuatl, Aztec goddess of the underworld

Skull Catrina is the modern representation of Mictlancihuatl


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