In Photos: Scenes from San Francisco's Famous Día de Los Muertos Celebrations
The Mexican holy day known as Día de Los Muertos is huge in San Francisco, having spread beyond the city's large Latino population to include Bay Area citizens from all walks of life. On November 2, a mix of traditionally dressed people and those still in Halloween garb gathered in the Mission to reconnect with the souls of loved ones who have departed, holding lit candles during a procession destined for altars honoring the dead. Annually, hundreds of personal altars filled with notes, candles, flowers and personal affects cover the neighborhood's Garfield Park – these welcome ancestors' souls home.
These images capture the rich culture and community San Francisco's Día de Los Muertos celebrations have fostered over the decades.