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On the Day of the Dead in Cusco People Visit Cemeteries

A Day in Almudena Cemetery

A Day in Almudena Cemetery

The Day of the Dead is one of the feasts that is most popular in the city. Sadness and happiness invade everyone’s hearts this time of the year as they remember their loved ones who have departed this life.

On this day the cemeteries of the city fill with people who come to visit their loved one. They take various gifts such as flowers and decorations for their tombs. In addition they also go to enjoy their time as a family. They take with them lechón which is the typical dish of this feast. They also take sweets such as cotton Candy and caramel apples. They also bring games to play this day.

The oldest cemeteries of the city hold many sad and frightening stories that are popular and well known by the people who know the cemetery. Huancaro and Almudena are the oldest and largest cemeteries of he city of Cusco and in them have occurred stories of love with tragic and sad endings.

Traditional Musicians Playing Music in the Cemetery to Celebrate the Dead Day
Traditional Musicians Playing Music in the Cemetery to Celebrate the Dead Day

Joy and sadness invade the ample land of the cemeteries where there can never be missing prays and chanting, colorful flowers of many varieties, and decorations such as wreaths of flowers for the crosses, as well as music and dance to enliven memories of loved ones departed.

The day of the dead is a day to spend in family and remember the good acts of your loved ones, so that the upcoming generations will also know the members of your family who have passed on.

Children Visiting the Tombs in Almudena Cemetery, Cusco
Children Visiting the Tombs in Almudena Cemetery, Cusco

 

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