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‘Day of the Dead’ is nigh in NY

October
29

The Day of the Dead, that macabre-but-also-festive tradition from Mexico, will be observed locally with displays and workshops at the the Pelham Art Center, New Rochelle Library and Hudson River Museum in Yonkers.

The Pelham center is holding an art workshop Saturday, and the Yonkers museum has a day of events scheduled Sunday. The library‘s Dia de Los Muertos display runs Sunday through Nov. 4.

Mexican families pay respects to their ancestors with home altars decorated with marigolds, favorite foods, and fruits. Zafiro Acevedo, who is organizing the Yonkers and Pelham events with her mother, Aurelia Fernandez, described the tradition to me two years ago.

Here’s more on the celebration and its roots. If you’re looking to create your own celebration at home, here’s what to eat.

(Photo courtesy of New Rochelle Public Library)

This entry was posted on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 1:44 pm by Leah Rae. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Day of the Dead, Mexico, New Rochelle

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