Photo Journal–Dia de Los Muertos

Last night’s Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, celebration was truly incredible to behold.  Hundreds of people, mourning the loss of loved ones, pets, and even a car, marched through the Mission, not only remembering those who have passed, but celebrating life.

A common symbol of the holiday is the calavera (skull) which are typically represented in masks painted on the face.

A group of parade participants built a wagon for collecting the dead that was pulled by a posse of bicyclists.

In keeping with the holiday tradition, Garfield Square, in the Mission, becomes a stage for mourners to construct elaborate altars for friends and family who are deceased.  These altars are typically decorated with the deceased’s favorite food and drink, photos, and candles.

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