San Francisco celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on Friday November 2 in the Mission. This traditional Mexican / Mexican-American holiday honors ancestors and loved ones who are no longer with us, and helps us take a moment to acknowledge and reflect on the importance of those people. The festivities took place in two parts: The Festival of Altars at Garfield Park, where artists created beautiful and heartfelt altars. Separately, a candle-lit procession was led from 22nd Street and Bryant, wound its way through the streets of the Mission, and included Aztec dancers, musicians, community leaders and activists. The images following show the beauty of community, the commemoration of lives, and the rich cultural tradition that the Mission District has held for decades.
All Photos by Naomi Fiss
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FACES OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
MISSION STREET SCENES AND PAN DE MUERTO
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Naomi started her career working for graphic design and television graphics companies, but quickly traded-in the corporate world to follow her passion for photography. Fast-forward 15 years and Naomi is still deeply committed to capturing the world through her photographic lens. She has focused her work on the local people and events in her community, specifically related to the vibrant food culture of the Bay Area. She has photographed several feature stories for San Francisco Chronicle's Inside Scoop, San Francisco Edible Magazine, the Eat Real Festival and Slow Food Nation. When not behind her camera, Naomi is busy following latest food policy issues, canning in her kitchen, and setting up and implementing the curriculum for her children's Mission District new school garden.