Staten Island Advance | October 24, 2014

Rob Bailey | By Rob Bailey |
on October 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM, updated October 24, 2014 at 1:04

9 great things to do on Staten Island this weekend

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El Dia de los Muertos ofrenda on Staten Island. (Photo by Irma Bohorquez-Geisler)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The black-eyed skulls and dancing skeletons have become so commonplace in American pop culture, it’s easy to forget these symbols have nothing to do with our sugar-coma-inducing Halloween traditions.

No.  El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) isn’t about scaring — it’s about caring.

“It is a joyful Mexican tradition — a time for families to gather and welcome the souls of deceased love ones who, it is believed, return to visit the living,” says Irma Bohórquez-Geisler, the local art photographer who presents her 22nd anniversary “Day of the Dead Festival” from noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 285 Clove Rd., West Brighton.

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“Con Edison supports organizations and programs that contribute to arts and culture in a variety of ways. Day of the Dead is an educational event that not only highlights diversity, but celebrates the growing Mexican community on Staten Island,” says Katia Gordon, Con Edison’s Staten Island public affairs manager, seen here with event founder Irma Bohórquez-Geisler.

“On this day, Mexican families and the larger Staten Island community come together,” Bohórquez-Geisler says, “to remember departed loved ones and celebrate their lives, with flowers, art, altars, live music and dances.”

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