Although the "Day of the Dead" is a traditionally Mexican holiday (and no, it's not "Mexican Halloween"), it is still celebrated in Guatemala, though it is more commonly known here by it's Catholic name - "Dia de todos los santos". Most Guatemalans go to the cemetery during the day (Nov 1) to leave flowers on their loved ones' graves, and some will eat a meal there, leaving a plate on the graves for their loved ones (most likely, the town drunks will come by later to snatch the free food). Occasionally a family will visit the cemetery at night, but this is less common due to the high probability of the presence of bad guys hanging out in the cemetery at night.
Guatemalans also celebrate by making a dish called fiambre, which is a cold salad made of pretty much every deli meat, cheese, and vegetable you can think of, with an Italian-ish dressing. I have tried it once (I was out of the country this year on Nov 1st) and I thought it was delicious, but of course every señora has her own version, and deliciousness varies by who's making it.
Here are some pictures of the cemetery in my town:
|A mix of Guatemalan an American traditions (Guatemalans don't traditionally carve pumpkins)|
|Strange orange "flowers"|
|Cemetery in the foreground, my town in the background|
|Notice the hole for candles near the top of the grave|