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A Weekend of Giant Pumpkins and Día de los Muertos Fun!

Posted in Programs and Events on October 21 2015, by Lansing Moore

Dia de los Muertos ofrenda altar Frida Kahlo Enid A. Haupt ConservatoryThis weekend NYBG is thrilled to welcome back the Master Carver himself, Ray Villafane, who will once again lead our annual Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend with a live demonstration of his remarkable skills and daily Q&A sessions with his team of carvers—with a special twist in honor of Día de los Muertos!

This year’s larger-than-life pumpkin tableau will represent this traditional holiday from Mexico and will remain on display alongside the largest pumpkins in North America—some weighing more than a ton—as part of the Giant Pumpkin Display from October 24 through November 1. It’s all part of the first Día de los Muertos Weekend on October 24 & 25! Click through to view details about this special weekend celebration and see more photos of the programs and activities to come.

Help the Garden bid a fond farewell to FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life with a celebration of Día de los Muertos, the Mexican tradition known for bringing together family and friends to remember loved ones. In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, an ofrenda—an altar honoring Kahlo—will be created in the midst of our evocation of the Casa Azul.

Throughout the weekend (and again on October 31 and November 1), join in the festivities with a procession of larger-than-life skeletons, butterflies, and La Catrina—the grande dame of this colorful holiday—hand-made by Lucrecia Novoa and performed by Mascaraviva, or stroll the Conservatory Plaza with the stilt dancers of Los Zancudos de Zaachila presented by Laura Anderson Barbata. Dress the part by creating your own mask to wear or having your face painted for the occasion! This weekend will feature live music from Jarana Beat, with live dance by Calpulli Danza Mexicana. View photos below!

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