Día De Los MuertosNovember 3, 2016
Living in San Francisco means having a wealth of cultural events to enjoy. Due to the large Latin population, the Día De Los Muertos celebration in The Mission was one I didn’t want to miss. Since most people in Costa Rica don’t celebrate the holiday, the traditions were unfamiliar to me, and it was surprising to see how openly people honor their loved ones.
I went with the intention to stay for ten minutes, and ended up walking around for almost two hours.
The event was at Garfield Square, only a few blocks away from my apartment. The fences around the park were full of letters, some with inspirational quotes, and others with messages to the departed.
More than one display was political. Victims of police brutality, LGBT violence, and the Syrian civil war, all had their own altar.
People’s doorsteps were decorated too. This one was especially interesting, as it had many, many photographs. It turned out that it was meant to honor Peter and Alice Gowland, two photographers. From my eavesdropping, I learned that was their daughter’s house.