31 Oct Dia de Los Muertos in San Francisco
Día de Muertos is more than skulls and elaborate makeup – it’s about celebrating and honoring our loved ones who have passed away. On Día de Muertos, the tradition is that the dead are supposed to “join” the living in celebration. Though we celebrate and highlight Día de Muertos on Nov.1st, it’s a two-day celebration that follows the elaborate preparations of the altars and “ofrendas” (offerings). The first day, Nov. 1st, is when families remember children who have died (the little angels or angelitos) and Nov. 2nd venerates the adults. For the angelitos (little angels) – the souls of children who passed away – people leave skeleton toys and sugar skulls called calaveritas. People build altares, which are shrines or altars that richly honor and celebrate loved ones lost, displaying a deceased person’s prized possessions and their favorite foods. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.
Nov 2 – San Francsico’s Day of the Dead Procession
In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70’s with altars in Garfield Park, serving as a community graveyard for the night and through art, music, other live performances and a walking procession. Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death, grieving and the cycle of life. This community interactive art filled event is open to everyone and all who wish to participate are welcome.