San Pedro observes Dia de Los Finados
Island residents celebrated their dearly departed at the San Pedro House of Cultureís (SPHC) El Dia de Los Finados/Muertos celebration (Day of the Dead) on Saturday, November 2nd. This tradition is practiced annually among the Mestizo, Maya and Garifuna cultures in Belize, and is usually observed over two days, November 1st and 2nd. It is also a tradition in many Latin American countries.
The exhibit displayed framed photos of loved ones that have passed on, and families observed each one and shared stories about their departed loved ones. Some family members even went in matching T-shirts with their loved onesí picture on it. There were seven different altars on display, representing the Maya Hanal Pixan, Garinagu, Aztecs, Los Angelitos (little Souls), La Anima Sola (The Forsaken Soul), and the Christian Altar.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun
==============MY MEMORIES OF THE " DIA DE LOS FINADOS " or " LOS FINADOS.
It was the days, when supposedly the dead would arise, and come for a visit with us.
Two days were designated for the dead..
Los ANGELITOS, on November 1st were for the dead infants. and
LAS ALMAS DIFUNDAS, was on November 2nd, for the dead adults.
The Rituals included, prayers, Masses, Songs, Black candles made of bees wax.
Each region celebrated these days, in more or less, the same manner. - - In some villages, families would assemble, at the grave site of their loved one. - - They would pray, sing and sit there for some time to keep company..
Then at dusk, some would lay hot food on the graves, such as hot Tamales and Coffee, Manjar Blanco, Pumpkin and one Gla sweets, Pepitos etc.
WELL THE WICKED and the DRUNK hungry ones would wait for darkness, and would have a feast that night.
THE FOLLOWING DAY, the innocent and credulous ones would comment that the SOULS had a nice dinner.
But all in all, it was a happy remembrance DAY, of our loved ones.
This was repeated the following year and so, our days were HAPPY ONES. Hector Silva