Last night Sonya and I went with a tour from my school to the cemetary of Xoxocotlan, outside Oaxaca, the all night vigil for the dead is celebrated on the night of October 31. Technical problems with transferring my pictures keep me from sharing my photos, but I hope to solve that problem soon.
Families decorate the tombs of their loved ones and keep watch through the night, eating and drinking and telling stories about their departed family members. The tombs are crowded close together and the cemetary is full of not only families but also Mexican and international tourists who are there to experience the atmosphere. The locals don't mind at all and are happy to tell you about the people they are sitting vigil for and posing for pictures. A local band continually plays funeral marches at the entrance to the cemetary and as you enter you are greeted with the orange glow of thousands of candles and marigolds. Though the cemetary is thronged with people, the atmosphere still manages to be reverent.
After the cemetary visit we visited the the home of Marta, one of the prinicpals of Bacari Language School, for a traditional Day Of The Dead meal of sweet bread, chocolate, and tamales. The Oaxacan tamales are the best I've ever tasted.
Posted on Mon, November 1, 2010
by Arvid filed under