Noche de Los Muertos – San Francisco

According to Wikipedia the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that brings together family and friends to pray for those ones who have died.

The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brasil’s Dia de Finados people visit cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, Asia and Africa.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2nd in the Mission district which is famous for being the heart of the city and where the greatest concentration of Mexican families live. The traditions include building private altars at Garfield Square in order to honor the deceased. The altars include sugar skulls, marigolds, photographs and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed ones. Thereafter, a procession through the whole neighborhood takes off where people from all over the city join. Many of the participants and observers, paint their faces resembling skulls and dead, others dress up and carry candles as they walk behind the procession.

Here are some images of this year’s celebrations in San Francisco. I believe they resemble the work people put on the design of their faces in lieu of celebrating dead, and they prove that everyone has a designer within her/himself. Celebrations of life and dead bring that designer out in many magnificent ways. Enjoy.

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