THE BLOG

Dawn of the Day of the Dead: Sights and Sounds From the Mission (Photos)

11/04/2011 05:05 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2012

2011-11-03-IMG_2159.JPG

Wednesday night the Mission district of San Francisco was packed with skeletons -- of all shapes and sizes -- for El Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday celebrates the spirits of loved ones who have passed away. Day of the Dead in San Francisco is a colorful and joyous tribute that draws thousands of people who took to the streets for the procession that spanned down Mission Street.

2011-11-03-IMG_2129.JPG

In the Mexican culture, it's believed that souls don't die. Instead, our souls leave our bodies and continue living in a sacred space until they return to visit their relatives.

2011-11-03-IMG_2131.JPG

There was no shortage of shortage of giant painted skulls clad in formal wear as rich the pageantry drew a crowd in elaborate costumers and country garb.

2011-11-03-IMG_2161.JPG

In case you missed it, here are a few of the sights that abounded on Wednesday night's Day of the Dead celebration:

2011-11-03-IMG_2171.JPG

2011-11-03-IMG_2166.jpg

2011-11-03-IMG_2178.JPG

2011-11-03-IMG_2207.jpg

2011-11-03-IMG_2184.jpg

2011-11-03-IMG_2167.JPG