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Joanna Figueroa
Amy Miles
English 1B
17, November, 2016

Running to Balboa Park Bart Station and going to 24th and Mission after class the night of El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the dead), the weather was nice and pleasant, not too cold nor too hot. It could had been because of all the people in the Mission, or because of some Captain's Morgan rum that was taken to warm up, or because of all the walking in the procession of El Dia de los Muertos in "La Mission" as Alejandro Murguia said in Ofrendas. This short story is about how Raymundo celebrates El Dia de los Muertos back in 2002 during the procession in La Mission and during La Betsy's party. In San Francisco, La Mission people celebrate El Dia de los Muertos beautifully. People get together and celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. This celebration starts on 24th and Mission with a procession leading by some dancers. There are beautiful pieces of arts throughout the way to Garfield Park people make to remember their deceases'. Also, people get to make up and dress up as calaveras and enjoy this celebration. El Dia de los Muertos is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico, where it originated because get the opportunity of remember and honor their people that have move on to a different life. El Dia de los Muertos in San Francisco is a beautiful and important celebration because people get to learn more about the Mexican culture,
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where this celebration originated and enjoy the procession, with the altars and dressing up as calaveras.
The procession this year started on 24th and Mission with a group of Puerto Rican dancers leading the procession. Going to the procession for the first time in nine years living in San Francisco provided research for this paper. A cheap $20 bottle of Captain Morgan helped to warm up the body and start walking with the procession. The procession is an important part in Mexico because the procession usually ends in the cemeteries and people get to stay in the graves with their deceases. On the procession in La Mission, there were many people dancing following the Puerto Rican dancers that were speaking a different dialect, some others were walking holding a candle or a decease's photo and some others seem to know a little or nothing about El Dia de los Muertos. The procession started on 24th and Mission and went south on 21st street. On 21st and Harrison they turned left to 25th where Garfield Park is and where the procession ends. Garfield Park is decorated with beautiful altars all over the park "The Aztecs dancers led the procession. . .pounding leather drums and rattling ankle bells, feathered headdresses bobbing over their braids" Raymundo noticed when he joined the procession with a bottle of mescal. The procession route that year was different than the one this year as Raymundo explained "the procession snaked down 24th street, up Balmy Alley, and around Garfield Park." The procession is an important part during the celebration of El Dia de los Muertos in San Francisco because thought out the way to Garfield Park people get to see beautiful pieces of arts that people make to remember and honor their deceases', knowing as altars.
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The altars are an important part for El Dia de los Muertos because they are pieces of art that people make to remember and honor their deceases. According to the ancestors in Mexico, the deceases will visit the altars that are made for them so people tend to adorn the altars with things the decease liked such a certain brand of tequila or their favorite dish. While enjoying the procession with the dancers and music, there was an altar that had pan the muerto. The guy standing next to the altar said the kid in the picture was his little brother that got shot right in front next door where the altar was two years ago. He remained calm telling the story as a moment of silence remained. There were other altars that seem that people did not take much time in making and had only a photo of the