Green-Wood cemetery helps residents celebrate Day of the Day with community altar
A Brooklyn cemetery is helping New York residents celebrate "El Dia De Los Muertos," or the Day of the Dead, during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors the dead by building home altars and leaving offerings.
The Green-Wood cemetery built a community altar for residents to celebrate the holiday together.
The community altar is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Nov. 1.
Windsor Terrace resident Deborah Raposo came out in honor of her mother and lit a specially designed candle created by artist Scherezade Garcia.
The theme of the artist was the Statue of Liberty, which gave more meaning for Raposo.
"My mother came in from Ellis Island, from her country, so I figured I would honor my mother and the artist at the same time," Rapuso says.
Director of Public Programs Harry Weill says the city and nation are grieving, which makes this display especially important.
"I think this is an opportunity for people to come together and have an altar that you can see the names of people that others have lost and it allows the collective process to take place," Weill says."
The alter is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 1.