Cultural Celebrations

Cultural Celebrations

Every year, people around the world mark special days on the calendar to celebrate their culture, heritage, and community. Join us throughout the year for our cultural celebration series as we learn about the mosaic of cultures that form our Brooklyn community!

Sukkot

Sunday, September 23; Thursday, September 27; Sunday, September 30
Did you know that each year on Sukkot, Jewish people all over the world build temporary shelters called Sukkahs and welcome friends and neighbors to join them inside for meals and festivities? This year, we welcome you to join us as we celebrate Sukkot with book readings, music, food, and more! Take a walk through our rooftop Sukkah to learn all about the holiday’s origins and how people celebrate today in Brooklyn and around the world! BCM is proud to present our Sukkot celebration in partnership with PJ Library and Lamplighters Yeshiva.

Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, November 3
Did you know that Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English, is the Mexican holiday that brings family and friends together to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed away? Now celebrated all over the world, families mark the festival by making and decorating colorful altars to honor family and friends. This year, we invite you to celebrate with us as we create and decorate our own museum altar! Keep the festivities going and join us for Dia de los Muertos story time, art, music, and more!

Kwanzaa

Wednesday, December 26th – Sunday, December 30th
Did you know that Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 by Dr. Mualana Karenga who created the holiday to honor African heritage and African-American culture? Today, Kwanzaa is celebrated all over the United States, including at Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Join us this year as we mark our 10th annual Kwanzaa celebration with the largest family Kwanzaa event in New York City! Over five days of culture and fun, we will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; faith; and creativity.

Holi

Saturday, March 23
Did you know that Holi is also called “the Color Festival” because each year people come together and celebrate by throwing colored powder in the air and at each other? Join us as we celebrate this festival of springtime and play which originated in India and is now enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Come early, hungry, and ready to play throughout a day of art, dance, food, and more!

Eid al-Fitr

Sunday, June 2
Did you know that the festival of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan? Throughout the holiday, Muslim people pray, exchange gifts, and greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak which means blessed celebration! Join us as we learn the story of Eid al-Fitr and celebrate with a full day of music, food, art, and more!

Celebrate the Caribbean

Saturday, August 17
Did you know that the first Caribbean Carnival originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 18th century? Since then, Caribbean Carnival festivals have become popular all over the world where people celebrate the Caribbean through music, masquerading, and dance! Come and explore Caribbean culture, heritage, and history, through a day of celebration including our very own Brooklyn Children’s Museum Carnival!