Although the "Day of the Dead" is traditionally a Mexican holiday, celebrated near Halloween, it is also celebrated in Guatemala. Here, it more commonly known here by it's Catholic name, "Dia de todos los santos" ("All Saints' Day"). Most Guatemalans go to the cemetery during the day 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.
Guatemalans also celebrate All Saint's Day by making a delicious dish called fiambre, which is a cold salad made of sliced deli meat, cheese, and vegetables, marinated overnight in a vinaigrette dressing.
Here are some pictures of the newly decorated cemetery in my town:
|A mix of Guatemalan an American traditions (Guatemalans don't traditionally carve pumpkins)|
|Cool orange "flowers"|
|Cemetery in the foreground, the town where I live in the background|
|Notice the hole for candles near the top of the grave|