Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happy Dia De Los Muertos!

Told you the celebration didn't have to stop. Case in point: The Dia de los Muertos festival that happened today at Garfield Park in the Mission. I knew that San Francisco did this annually, but to be honest, I had no idea there was a Garfield Park here in the city. Funny how there can be so many unseen places in this tiny 7 mile by 7 mile city.

"Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead): a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died." Thank you, Wikipedia.

This was my first time attending this event, same with JoAnn who came along with. We went after work and stayed till sunset, which was cool for seeing the contrast of the altars from day to night... all the candles/lights and all that. People gathered. The entire park smelled like incense. Music was playing. It was nice.

Bunch of people had their face painted. I was thinking of doing my Halloween face for the event, but the thought of spending 2 hours getting ready after an 8 hour day at work turned me off to the idea. Next year, maybe?

"We are so many leaves on the tree of life."

Candle lit.
My favorite altar in the park. Quaint and simple, with attention to detail. The time and effort people put into these altars was amazing. Lots of them being very artistic and unique in their own way.

We spend a lot of time mourning a lost loved one that we sometimes forget to celebrate their lives. With that said, live your own to the fullest, ya'll!

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