Experience “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

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Experience the “Día de los Muertos” in Peru
Saturday October 29, 2016 - Posted by to Culture, Events and Festivals

Experience “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

The 2nd of November is a very special day for Peruvians and therefor for all travellers in Peru. It is the celebration of the “Day of the Dead”, a traditional festivity where families celebrate and greet their deceased on the graveyards with music, food, drinks, flowers and dances. The day before is also celebrated and known as the “Día de los Santos” or Todos los Santos – The day of the Saints. Travelers in Peru will feel the magic atmosphere and feel overwhelmed by Cusco’s amazing bread baking tradition, especially in the streets around the San Pedro Market.

As many people already know, Day of the Dead is a well known tradition in Mexico; but not only here. It is actually celebrated all over Latin America. In Peru, the Incas had a strong connection with their deceased. So when the Spaniards arrived, it was easy to combine the Inca beliefs with the new Catholic elements brought by the Spaniards.


 

Experience the “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

 

This festival is important for the people of the Andes. The habit in the highlands of Peru is to make altars with food, candles and a special soup that the deceased liked. This is not supposed to be a festivity where relatives are mourning for their lost ones. It is to honour and celebrate their infinite existence. The main belief in this is the tradition of assuming that the souls of the deceased return to earth this day. One day later they return to their home.

 

Experience the “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

 

While experiencing this traditional habit, the “T’anta wawas” are something every traveller in Peru should try. The special puppets, made out of sweet bread, are made to honour the deceased . Most ‘bread babies’ (tanta means bread, wawa is baby) show little masks or faces; those are portraying their souls. If you are looking for a traditional Peruvian dish on Day of the Dead, try roasted suckling pig (lechon) and the famous tamales.

 

Experience the “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

 

Within 40 minutes walking distance, the cementry of Cusco in the district Santiago will be packed with relatives and visitors who are honouring and praying for their beloved ones. The festivities also take place in public places and in the homes of the Peruvians, mostly with musical groups in order to see this day in a different and positive perspective.

 

Experience the “Día de los Muertos” in Peru

 

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