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Day of the dead altar San Francisco California United States

Day of the dead altar

Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. 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.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70s with art, altars, music, performances and a walking procession, which help contemplate existence and mortality -- a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and connections beyond our immediate concerns.