Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dia de Los Muertos

I never want to miss Halloween again.

On Monday we carved a pumpkin, a very very small pumpkin. It turned out really cute though! It was weird seeing all the kids dressed up and walking around because no one really hands out candy. They must go to 30 houses before anyone even answers and then they only give them the smallest little candy.

 Yesterday was Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, we didn't have school but we had to wake up early still and head out to el cementario Nueva Esperanza. Words can't really describe this place..I have never seen a cementary so large and informal. People bring food to their dead, sell you food and beer, paint and clean the graves, set of fireworks and light candles. I saw one old lady, she had to be 80, in a wheel chair being pushed up the dirt/rock path just to go visit her dead. They hire bands and dancers to dance by the graves of their family members. Apparently though this grave is mostly immigrants from the Andes, meaning that the people who come are often of the lowest class. Most Limenos would tell you that these people are crazy for drinking and partying with their dead all day and that it is a horrible example of what Peru is like.

 It is so large that there are moto taxis in case you don't feel like walking all the way up the hills 
This is people dancing in front of a grave..notice in the background those are all graves.. all they way up the hill

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