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Halloween and Dia de los Muertos in Cusco
Last night, for Halloween, we filled a giant bag with candy and went to the Plaza de Armas. The Plaza was packed with families!
All my pics are dark & blurry, so I’ll just share two to give you a feel for the event.
We made our way through the mob and found a spot to sit by the fountain. As soon as I opened our bag of candy we were swarmed by smiling children. Each child held out a tiny plastic pumpkin, and said “HALLoween!” or sometimes “Feliz HALloween!”
A few vendors stopped by, offering knitted hats or whatnot, and I gave them candy, too.
When the candy was gone, we found a restaurant with a balcony overlooking the plaza and watched the mob. It was the most people I’ve ever seen in the plaza!
The next two days are holidays: All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, or Dia de los Muertos. The souls of dead relatives are believed to be very close at this time. Families take a traditional picnic of roast pork and tamales, along with special breads in the shapes of babies (T’anta Wawa) and horses (to transport the souls to the higher plane) to the cemetery and picnic on the graves. They decorate the graves with flowers, ribbons, and religious paintings, and leave food behind for the ancestors when the meal is done.
Craig and I decided to walk to San Pedro market to buy a special bread and some flowers to share with our mothers. When we reached the plaza in front of the San Francisco church, we found a festival. Luckily I had my camera. (trigger warning for vegetarians: photos of roast pigs ahead!)
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