Day of the Dead (called Dia de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican holiday honoring dead relatives that’s celebrated every year on November 1st and 2nd. There are a lot of Day of the Dead celebrations in New York City because of the large Mexican-American community. Because it coincides around the same time as Halloween, celebrating the Day of the Dead is a good way to find out about Mexican culture and spirituality.
Some of the best places to learn and partake in the culture and history of the event are in museums and most of these have activities for children.
El Museo del Barrio:
Will celebrate Day of the Dead Saturday October 16 with yet to be announced activities. Admission is free.
Location: 1230 Fifth Ave at E. 104th St., Manhattan 10029
Mano a Mano:
Has DoD activities including hands-on workshops, storytelling and performances from October 28 – November 2.
Location: at The Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix St., Brooklyn, 11217
Brooklyn Children’s Museum:
November 2 at 1:30 pm the BCM opens their doors to their annual Day of the Dead celebration. There will be calavera-skeleton puppet making, traditional snacks including Mayan hot chocolate and Day of the Dead bread among other things. Admission free with membership or $5 without.
Location: 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, 11213
Many of the Mexican restaurants have Dia de los Muertos specialities. Check out:
Location: UES – 1063 First Ave, UWS – 61 Lincoln Center, Union Square – 9 E. 18th St.
Location: East Village – 179 Avenue B
Location: Chelsea – 311 W. 17th St.
Location: Carroll Gardens Brooklyn – 187 Columbia St.
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