This weekend’s celebration of Day of the Dead at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery has a special meaning this year for organizers as they honor one of their own.
Irma Flores and her husband Don Goyo served traditional Mexican food at the celebration every year since it began in 2002. Goyo was one of the event’s most passionate champions until he passed away last year.
This year, Flores joins those who put offerings in front of photos of their deceased loved ones at the altar set up by Mano A Mano, the non-profit behind the festivities, while selling quesadillas and sugar skulls.
Flores says she won't stop participating, even though Goyo won't be joining her.
“Now that he is not here, I want to continue to come because for him, this was very important,” Flores said in Spanish. “He was really one of the people who got involved in the beginning.”
Thousands of Mexicans and Mexican Americans are expected to attend the Day of the Dead events in the Lower East Side this weekend. In this 3,800-year-old tradition, participants honor their family and ancestors and attempt to call the dead back through a celebration of food, music and dance.
The celebration will feature vendors selling different Mexican goods, paper flowers workshops and skull face paint for children.