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

This entry was posted in Introduction. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s