The Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is about remembering loved ones who have passed on, but it’s also a time of celebration — of being joyful about life, death and memory instead of mourning what was lost.
Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on so many families in New York and across the country, that kind of celebration of remembrance seems apt.
The National Museum of the American Indian’s New York outpost (1 Bowling Green) is still closed because of the pandemic, but to mark Dia de los Muertos, they’ll be streaming a weekend long Day of the Dead Festival on their Facebook and YouTube channels. Highlights include a lesson on Dia de los Muertos basics via the museum’s folklorist, a seminar on making paper marigold flowers and a virtual ofrenda where you can leave photos of your loved ones who have crossed over.
The festival runs October 31 and November 1 from 2p to 3p; you can find more information on their website.