If Halloween is a day to dress up and pretend to be a spirit, The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), brings the opportunity to better connect with the spirit world. In Mexican culture, it’s manifested in a three-day celebration filled with craft making, altar building & offerings, and visits to the graves of loved ones.
In San Francisco, the annual Dia de los Muertos – Festival of Altars celebration attracts flocks of people dressed in costume, cradling mementos, and candles. Gathering in remembrance of the dead, and by their sheer numbers, these masses of people form a thrumming procession that echoes and hums through the 24th & Mission area.
Aside from the huge gathering in SF, there are plenty of other ways to partake in the annual tradition that honors the cycle of life and death. Here are some events around the Bay Area.