Sadly, the Day of the Dead is taking on new meaning this year, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Anthony Feliciano, the East Village’s Democratic state committeeman, is organizing a Day of the Dead event at Campos Community Garden, on E. 12th St. between Avenues B and C, to honor loved ones who have died, which this year cannot avoid including those lost to COVID-19.
The gathering, on Sun., Nov. 1, from noon to 4 p.m., will feature Aztec dancers and speeches by local politicians. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item in memory of someone who has passed away to place on an altar that will remain up until until Mon., Nov. 2.
As the weather has now turned colder, the number felled by the virus in the U.S. has topped 227,000 and infection rates are spiking in regions of the country, particularly the Midwest and Mountain West.
Health experts warn that the entire Northern Hemisphere is at increased risk right now, with infection rates also soaring in Europe.
France, which has emerged as the new European epicenter of a second wave of COVID on the continent, is enforcing a new lockdown. Some countries also have nightly curfews. As part of a partial lockdown, Germany is closing its bars and limiting restaurants to takeout only.