The Day of the Dead Festival
Celebrate our beloved Day of the Dead tradition in New York City with art-marking, live music, and more.
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a time to honor and revere our deceased family members and ancestors. This tradition is rooted in the native Mexican belief that life on earth is a preparation for the next world and of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with the dead.
Join us and dedicate our ofrenda (altar) to your departed loved ones by placing copies of photographs.
We celebrate the Day of the Dead at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery in late October.
Copal incense for Day of the Dead Picture by Nicky Conti
Preparing ofrenda for Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead Ofrenda (altar) Picture by Alejandra Regalado
About the Day of the Dead
The 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.
Día de Muertos or Dia de los Muertos
We use the traditional name of Día de Muertos. The frequent use of Día de los Muertos in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries is a back-translation of Day of the Dead into Spanish. In Mexico, traditionally, this celebration is known as Día de Muertos.