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Day of the Dead
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Join us in New York City to celebrate our beloved Day of the Dead tradition with various activities, including art-making and live music. Día de Muertos is a special time to honor and revere our ancestors and family members who have passed away. This tradition originates from native Mexican beliefs, emphasizing the significance of maintaining a strong connection with the deceased, as life on earth is a preparation for the next world.

It is a time to remember their memories and cherish the moments that we shared with them. Join us in creating a beautiful Ofrenda (Altar) where we can dedicate photographs (copies), letters, notes, and names to those who have departed. Immerse yourself in various activities, including art-making and live music, as we celebrate the lives of those who have left us and the community their presence has touched.

The Day of the Dead at St. Mark's is outdoors, rain or shine. The scheduled activities are subject to change or cancelation if there are strong wind gusts, hail, or snow. For updates during the event, follow us on Twitter at @MexCulture.

Since 2005, We have celebrated the Day of the Dead in the East Yard of the historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery.

Our past Day of the Dead celebrations.

About the Day of the Dead

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. Cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, burning copal incense, fresh pan de muertos bread, candles, sugar skulls, photographs, and mementos of the departed adorn special altars. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music, and special offerings for people who have died. Mano a Mano recreates the magical space of a village churchyard during the celebration and has organized a series of events, including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry, and music.

The name of the holiday is Día de Muertos.


In Mexico, the celebration is traditionally called Día de Muertos. However, in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries, it is often referred to as Día de los Muertos, a back-translation of the Day of the Dead into Spanish. We use the original name of the holiday.

Learn more about the history of the Day of the Dead and find answers to some frequently asked questions.

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