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Day of the Dead, transported to NY

November
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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.

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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.

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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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