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‘Day of the Dead’ is nigh in NY


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)

Posted by Leah Rae on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

Day of the Dead, transported to NY


Zafiro Romero and her mother, Aurelia Fernandez, are out today at the Hudson River Museum and the Pelham Art Center, sharing, explaining and celebrating the Mexican tradition of El Dia de los Muertos.  Aurelia, a folk artist from Morelos, kept her traditions alive when she and her family came to Yonkers. Now she’s become a familiar face at festivals around the area. Earlier in the week, Zafiro gave me a vivid description of the Day of the Dead as it is celebrated by her Mexican family. Here’s a short clip from our conversation. Click here for my story in the Journal News.



In these photos, Zafiro and Aurelia are setting up an altar at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. As Zafiro told me, the plastic decorations can’t compare with the fresh marigolds, fruits and candies in Mexico. Click here to see an L.A. Times blog post about the scene in Mexico City’s zocalo.


Fruits, marigolds and candy skulls are among the decorations.


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Posted by Leah Rae on Saturday, November 1st, 2008 at 8:58 am |

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