By Lupita Peimbert.
- Día de Los Muertos or The Day of the Dead is on Nov. 2nd, not before or after.
- It is a very important tradition in Mexico. We grew up bringing flowers , food, and drinks to the cemetery. It was all about Honoring our departed, loved ones; drinking was all about them. Really.
- Central America celebrates as well, more or less. South America…only in a few countries.
- San Francisco’s Mission District adopted the tradition in the 70s, adding to it and transforming it over the years into a mix: jazzy procession New Orleans Style, painted-faces and costumes on, and blessings by means of Aztec rituals and dancers.
- With this Mexican-Latino festivity, people learn to not fear death and the dead, to play with it, to laugh about our mortality.
Altar made by a student at City College of San Francisco. Photo & Text by Lupitanews.