Processions to the Cemetery

A band playing at the cemetary

Cleaning a gravesite in preparation for Day of the Dead

Family members make processions to the cemetery bringing offerings and decorations to the gravesites. Once at the grave, families keep watch all night, lighting candles to guide the souls. Meanwhile, musicians play celebratory music, while priests offer blessings. At dawn families and friends depart for home to share another meal together.

Even those who have died and have no family or friends to honor them are remembered through offerings made on a raised or tiered platform called a catafalque at the cemetery.

Preparing for a procession to the cemetary (Photo Credits: Pernel S. Thyseldew http://www.digthatcrazyfarout.com)

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