Celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival this weekend at the El Museo del Bario in Manhattan. Dia De Los Muertos is a 3,000 year old tradition that commemorates friends and relatives who have passed away, and the museum is honoring them with a family-friendly day of face painting, art-making, music and dance performances, and a traditional procession. It’s s full schedule of events from 11 AM to 6 PM Saturday, Oct. 18.
Festivities begin with the musical procession from Central Park’s Dana Discovery Center (at 110th Street) to El Museo, lead by dancers from Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli, musicians from Pistolera and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York’s giant calavera puppet.
From noon to 3 PM there are art making workshops noon to 3 PM to create your own colorful papel picado and dedicate it to someone special, face painting for kids aged 12 and under, and urban storyteller and actor Armando Batista for stories about the traditions of Dia de los Muertos.
The full schedule with additional details is on the museum website.
Learn more about Day of the Dead traditions, including a downloadable Dia de los Muertos coloring book for kids.
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