Most photos taken at the Dia de los Muertos processions and ceremonies in the Mission (San Francisco) on Nov 2, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.
The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day which take place on those days. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Observance of the holiday in Mexican-American communities in the United States has become more important and widespread as the community grows numerically and economically.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl (known in English as "The Lady of the Dead").
For more information about the Día de los Muertos procession in San Francisco, read: www.dayofthedeadsf.org/
For more information about Día de los Muertos, read: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead
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