Many people know the Dia de Los Muertos because it’s a very famous holiday in Mexico but actually it’s just as famous here in Peru. It’s also celebrated in Cusco, here mostly known as el Dia de Los Disfuntos or deceased, which sounds a bit more “respectful.”.
This national holiday and important fiesta local, is the day following the Dia de Los Santos (All Saints Day) on November 1st. It is believed that on Dia de Los Disfuntos (November 2nd) souls of ancestors and loved ones visit the Earth. This day is also used for remembrance of the deceased. Long before the Spanish brought the Catholic religion to Peru, Peruvians had celebrations in remembrance of their ancestors. In South America deceased are first buried and only later are they cremated. On the Dia de Los Disfuntos Peruvian families bring their deceased loved one’s favorite food and drink to their tomb. (more…)