2013 Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) – San Francisco


November 2nd being a Saturday, Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) this year was easier to attend, with less rushing to San Francisco. As per tradition, the ritual procession and altars display is held in the Mission and I am sure you can find plenty of information on their website, and pictures around the web.


2013 - Dia de los muertos, San Francisco

It is a celebration that mixes native and christian rituals in the result for a different perspective on death. While being a moment for the recalling of the dear passed ones, it also serves as a celebration of their lives and what they brought to us.


2013 - Dia de los muertos, San Francisco

Participation was good, with the display of altars in memory of friends, family, pets and celebrities, and costumes/outfits following the theme of Death. The procession, which begins with the Aztec dance performers, seemed less rich compared to other years.


2013 - Dia de los muertos, San Francisco

The drum group was present, loud and clear, and it is one of the many trademarks of the event, together with the smell of burning incense.


2013 - Dia de los muertos, San Francisco

If you haven’t ever attended one of these parades, plan on doing so next year. I think it’s very well worth it.

About Salvatore Ventura

I am a commercial photographer based in Milpitas (CA), serving the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Among the photo services I provide are, contemporary and lifestyle portraits, profile headshots, product photography and digital image editing. I enjoy home cooked italian recipes, spanish flan, mexican tacos, and korean kimchi. And occasionally peanut butter on bananas. Have a project for me? Let me hear about it.

2 Replies to “2013 Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) – San Francisco”

  1. Greetings Salvo-
    i am the one in the monarch butterfly get up and believe it or not, don’t have any pictures of myself. I am hoping you wouldn’t mind sending any of your images of me. I was delighted to see that my images came up 2nd when i googled.
    Thanks for your consideration.

  2. Hi Patrice,
    my thanks to you for posing for the camera that night. Great costume!
    I’ll email you that picture, so it can go in your 2013 memories box :-)

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