Dia de los Muertos: San Francisco calls the shots!

Dia de los Muertos art!
CC By trazomfreak

61% of the Mexican American population live in California and Texas. Breaking the numbers down to 51.8 % in the West and 34.4% in the South according to 2010 census. San Francisco’s hispanic community is large and is mostly based in its renown Mission district where the Dia de los Muertos Parade and altares are held.

This day is one of the many celebrations which brings the community together as Octavio Paz very well explains in his essay:

“Todos Santos, Día de Muertos”

“El solitario mexicano ama las fiestas y las reuniones públicas. Todo es ocasión para reunirse. Cualquier pretexto es bueno para interrumpir la marcha del tiempo y celebrar con festejos y ceremonias hombres y acontecimientos. Somos un pueblo ritual. Y esta tendencia beneficia a nuestra imaginación tanto como a nuestra sensibilidad, siempre afinadas y despiertas. El arte de la fiesta, envilecido en casi todas partes, se conserva intacto entre nosotros. En pocos lugares del mundo se puede vivir un espectáculo parecido al de las grandes fiestas religiosas de México, con sus colores violentos, agrios y puros y sus danzas, ceremonias, fuegos de artificio, trajes insólitos y la inagotable cascada de sorpresas de los frutos, dulces y objetos que se venden esos días en plazas y mercados.”

Here are our top picks Dia de los Muertos events in San Francisco!

San Francisco Day of the Dead 
Procession and Festival of Altars
Friday, November 2, 2012

San Francisco Symphony
Dia de los Muertos community Concert 
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 2:00pm

A Calavera for Carlos Fuentes
at Mission Branch Library, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, Nov 3 2:00pm

¡Felíz día de los muertos!

By the Casa Hispana Team

About Casa Hispana

Casa Hispana brings the study of Spanish to life. Since 1985, we have provided a warm atmosphere where our instructors foster students to confidently absorb and apply the language. Casa Hispana teaches only Spanish. All of our instructors are native speakers with backgrounds in Education. Their skills and experience, along with our method, make it easier for you to learn in a fully Spanish atmosphere, and to express yourself with ease and confidence from the very first day.
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