Join the Latino Commission on AIDS and Compassion & Choices New York for a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) candle-lighting ceremony to honor the memory of those passed.
We expect this event to be a beautiful celebration to remember those who endured a horrific dying process. A procession and news conference will follow the lighting of candles.
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday on the first and second day of November. It is a time when families celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed by luring them with gifts, beautiful altars and visits to their graves. The holiday is a time to embrace death as a part of the human experience in a colorful and festive celebration. It is also a very opportune time to talk about the importance of communicating with our doctors and loved ones what we want if we become too sick to speak for ourselves whether we would want to be kept ‘alive’ with aggressive medical treatments that only prolong the dying process.
While Día de Muertos originated in Mexico, the holiday has now migrated to other countries throughout the world, including the United States. People traditionally paint their faces with skull designs and dress up in bright, lively colors.
We are encouraging guests to bring an 8x10 photo of their loved ones and paint their faces with calaveras, or white skulls with colorful features, to lead a procession to an altar inside the venue to support the End of Life Option Act.