According to Mexican tradition, November 1st marks Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as “The Day of the Dead.” During this holiday, the Mexican culture celebrates the spirits of all the deceased (angelitos). These spirits are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
To prepare for this holiday, people spend tons of money on masks, food, and entertainment to keep the spirits pleased. On the afternoon of November 2nd, people gather at the cemetery where their loved ones are buried and they clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band, and reminisce about their loved ones.
Since May 2015, The New York Botanical Garden has featured Frida Kahlo’s original paintings and drawings along with a revamp of the Garden so that it mirrors Kahlo’s famed garden and studio, called the Casa Azul. Casa Azul was the artist’s home in Mexico City for all her life, through the good times and the bad. The exhibit will be coming to an end on November 2nd, which is the same day as the end of the Day of the Dead holiday.
Honoring Frida Kahlo — a well renowned Mexican artist and female advocate — and the Day of the Dead celebrated by the Mexican culture, the New York Botanical Garden is hosting festivities this weekend with a parade consisting of stilt dancers of Los Zancudos de Zaachila presented by Laura Anderson Barbata, gigantic skeletons, butterflies, and La Catrina, which is also known as the “Elegant Skull.” Visitors can also check out an ofrenda, which is an altar decorated with traditional Mexican items such as flowers, images, and sugar skulls. The Villalobos Brothers will be performing at the NYBG on October 31 & November 1 as well.
Location and Directions:
The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458
MTA: B, D, or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Station.