PHOTOBLOG: Dia de Muertos

By Lisa Autz

The Mexican tradition of Dia de Muertos, or the “Day of the Dead,” believes that the dead preferred to be celebrated rather than mourned or feared. In New York City, the holiday of dancing, music, food, and candle-lighting for the deceased took place Nov 1 and 2 at the St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, on 10th Street and Second Avenue.

Organized by the nonprofit Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, the feast huddled local families under tents outside the church where they paid homage to loved ones at a vibrant altar of marigold flowers and candles aflame. All the while, traditional sounds and flavors were indulged as a mariachi band played near those making warm huaraches and quesadillas.

It’s a cultural celebration that has survived thousands of years and as Mexicans are the fastest growing Latino sub-group in NYC, the commemoration of the dead will likely live on.

All photos by Lisa Autz.

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