Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mesoamerican holiday that celebrates ancestors and honors the cycle of life and death. Traditional Mexican celebrations include gatherings in local cemeteries with food and music, and handmade altars created to remember and honor ancestors.

San Francisco has celebrated Dia de los Muertos with art, music, performances and a walking procession since the early 70s. Wednesday evening, this annual celebration will take place in the Mission District with a procession and festival of altars. The procession begins at 7pm at 22nd and Bryant. For the festival of altars, six local groups have been commissioned to build large-scale community altar installations in Garfield Park and will be joined by 75+ personal altars created by community members. You may also bring an altar of your own to the park to be displayed, check in at the Marigold information table and they will help you find a spot.

You can celebrate this holiday at home by creating an altar for ancestors or deceased loved ones. Try making traditional sugar skulls or other Dia de los Muertos crafts.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd

Mission District

Procession 7pm, starting at 22nd & Bryant

Festival of Altars 6-11pm, Garfield Park (26th & Harrison)

 

 

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