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Rockefeller Center Has Transformed Into A Beautiful ‘Día De Muertos’ Celebration

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Rockefeller Center Has Transformed Into A Beautiful ‘Día De Muertos’ Celebration

From Friday, October 22 through Tuesday, November 2, the iconic Plaza is hosting “Mexico Week,” which will include everything from an outdoor market with food and shopping to colorful art installations to cultural activities. It’s all to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” in NYC, a tradition in Mexico that allows people to mourn and then celebrate loved ones who have passed on by creating ofrendas (offerings) to them, sharing memories and spending time in their spiritual presence.

Mexico Week is also in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in New York and the Mexican Cultural Institute, honoring 200 years of Mexico’s independence.

Courtesy of Tishman Speyer

The space already has been made-over with amazing sculptures by Mexican artists, that also pay homage to cultural traditions. An 11-foot dragon and a 13.5-foot feathered jaguar make up the alebrijes sculptures, “traditional Mexican folk-art sculptures depicting brightly colored, fantastical creatures who symbolize spiritual guides, meant to lead individuals through the path of life.” These have been created by artist Ricardo Angeles of Oaxaca’s Atelier Jacobo & Maria Angeles.

Courtesy of Tishman Speyer
Courtesy of Tishman Speyer

Next are the catrinas, “elegantly dressed skeleton figures synonymous with the Day of the Dead.” These are by Menchaca Studio, Arte Wixárika (Huichol).

Courtesy of Tishman Speyer
Courtesy of Tishman Speyer

Then, starting Friday, Oct. 29, a traditional ofrenda, “a display altar dedicated to those who passed away due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” as well as a floral installation adorning the iconic Rockefeller Center bronze statue Atlas by Ovando (New York), will be added to the display.

Courtesy of Tishman Speyer

The Tianguis open-air market will be free and open to the public this weekend: Friday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a wide selection of Mexican artisan creations, plus a special area for Tequila Casa Dragones where visitors can learn about the art of sipping tequilas and can personalize their own Casa Dragones Joven bottles with calligraphy in honor of Day of the Dead.

Check it out at Rockefeller Center between 49th and 50th Streets and Fifth and Sixth Aves!

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