Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dia de Los Muertos events NYC, passing it on !!!!

This is Halloween @ La Sirena, bellow is Muertos !

La Sirena
27 East 3 Street
NYC, 10003
   open 12-7 daily
abierto 12-7 diariamente
Day of the Dead checklist followed by events!   
Come by La Sirena for all of your altar, celebratory, folk art needs !!!

Are you ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Go through your ofrenda checklist... copal, flowers, candles, folk art, sugar skulls, papel picado, photographs/postcards, favorite foods and drink of your "muertito"...

   Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, some events, passing it on !   
All photos are courtesy of La Sirena
Papel Picado

By Lizz Melendez for La Sirena
National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Saturday, November 1, 2014  12 - 5 PM

Enjoy a fun filled day for the entire family including hands-on workshops and more !





Open Studios 11-27 44th Rd. Long Island City, NY 11101  

Papel Picado


Mano a Mano @ Saint Marks Church/Cemetary

November 1 & 2nd





   Dia de los Muertos !!


Calpulli's Dia de los Muertos dance event * Nov 1st  


   Guadalupe Gaban de Cruz Pavo real sirena candle holder Calandar Poncho




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Friday, October 24, 2014

Dia de Muertos: Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead should not be confused with Halloween. Arising from a combination of indigenous practices and the Catholic custom of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, it is a celebration infused with festive and merry yet solemn and respectful attitudes towards death as a human experience. It is said to be the two days where the souls of dead relatives return to enjoy the pleasures of the earth. Among its most recognizable characteristics are: el altar de los muertos (the altar for the dead, usually lined with photographs and marigolds), calacas y calaveras (skeletons and skulls, a common image denoting death), and ofrendas (offerings, often times food and drink, to the dead). But to understand and appreciate this celebration, you must look at its origins…

Pre-colonial origins of Dia de Muertos:
The indigenous Mexica (Aztec), Maya, and Nahua, among others, did not attribute a moral connotation to death (as is done in the Catholic tradition), instead, the dead, based on the form of their death and their acts in life, reached different cosmic realms in the after life. For example, infant children would enter a realm, named Chichihuacuauhco (Chi-chi-wa-ku-ah-co) characterized by a “wet-nurse” tree that dripped milk from its branches to nourish the deceased child. The concepts of heaven and hell are later introduced to these societies with the arrival of the Spanish. 
These indigenous beliefs were celebrated in rituals depicting the cycles of death and rebirth. Often times, the rituals included the use the skulls, commemorative trophies, of the deceased. Sculls, or calaveras, remain a common motif in the contemporary celebration of the Day of the Dead. Yet, returning to indigenous practices, their dead were often buried with objects they would need in life as well as those that could be helpful in death (their new life).

Colonial influences and the contemporary cultural life:
The true foundation of what we, today, recognize as El Dia de Muertos, comes from the syncretism of Spanish and indigenous culture. Each region in Mexico, every indigenous populace, and social group is constantly evolving and adding new characteristics to the celebration, keeping it alive and part of the cultural richness of Mexico. Adopting the Catholic religion, Dia de Muertos is infused with Catholic iconography. Saints adorn altars (a fundamental aspect of the celebration) and bread, water, and crosses are given as ofrendas, offerings, symbolizing the Eucharist and the catechism. This altar is likened to a rebirth. The soul of the deceased is reanimated; it eats, drinks, smells, and hears; it is an enlivened presence sharing and teaching the living about the human experience. Therefore on top of the religious objects place on the altar, food, alcoholic beverages, personal objects, and flowers are placed on the altar to guide the souls to this realm and to celebrate their temporary return. 

This celebration overall, with its altars and décor, is a way to honor the dead, the spirits of the ancestors. 

Stop by our store: open daily from noon-7pm to find papel picado a traditional Day of the Dead décor symbolizing happiness and festivity AND Calaveras skulls alluding to death and its constant presence.

***All images were taken at La Sirena and are objects currently on sale***

Sunday, October 19, 2014

La Sirena, $5 off

La Sirena  
Mexican folk art ** Aretesania Mexicana
27 East 3rd Street(Calle 3) 
NYC, NY 10003 
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