Mano a Mano’s Day of the Dead celebration is at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery in Manhattan’s East Village, Friday-Sunday, October 25-27, 2019. FREE with food and crafts for sale.
Day of the Dead is a traditional family commemoration of deceased family members similar to the Catholic All Souls Day. It blends Indigenous Aztec, Spanish colonial and modern U.S. American traditions into a celebration that is loved around the world today.
It’s a festival of family.
Mano a Mano Day of the Dead celebration
Mano a Mano is an excellent community organization that preserves and promotes Mexican culture in New York City. Mano a Mano means “hand-to-hand.”
Mano a Mano’s Day of the Dead celebration brings Mexican culture to life with folk art, live music, food and altar building.
We build altars called “ofrendas” in Spanish to invite deceased family members to visit on Day of the Dead or the day before for children. We fill the ofrendas with pictures, possessions, things the person liked and traditional decorations.
Making the altar is the cornerstone of the celebration. That is on Friday, October 25 at 5pm.
On Saturday and Sunday, there is a Mexican marketplace where you can buy Day of the Dead handicrafts. There are button-making and flower arranging workshops. There is live music by Son Pecadores and Claudia Valentina.
The celebration ends on Sunday, October 27 with an Indigenous ceremony at 4pm followed by the taking down of the altar at 5pm.
For a full schedule and great recipes for traditional pan de muerto and sugar skulls, visit manoamano.us