Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dia de los Muertos

Just wanted to share some photos from Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the dead. This is a holiday that was celebrated last Thursday, Nov. 2. It was quite interesting and is really a big deal. Basically, the people have this day to remember and celebrate the lives of ones that have passed on. There are certain traditions, especially going to the cemetery to fix up the graves and put flowers or cards on the graves. In some of the indigenous communities, we've heard that people will bring food to the graves and eat some and leave it for the buried relative. The first picture here was taken outside of the cemetery. There were quite a few people there and there were a lot of things going on. People were selling flowers, food and many other things. The next picture is of some people selling some flowers.
The next picture was taken at the tombs.
The last picture is of a traditional food and drink from this particular holiday. The bread is called guaguas de pan, or kids of bread. It is sweet and is filled with a type of jam. The other is a fruit drink, made up of several types of fruit. It is called 'colada morada.' Don't know too much else. I just wanted to share a bit about this holiday and a bit from Ecuadorian culture with you all.

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