PENIPE, Ecuador – Ecuadorians celebrated the Dia de los Difuntos or the Day of the Dead on Friday.
They visited local cemeteries, praying for dead family members and sharing a meal with them.
On Thursday evening, in Penipe, a picturesque city located at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano in the heart of the Andes, Angel Ruiz, better known as the “Animero,” was seen praying for the dead just an hour before midnight.
He was dressed in a hood, white tunic, and carried a rosary in his hand, the reporter added.
While the festival is similar to Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival, the traditions in Ecuador are very different.
On Friday, Ecuadorians will visit the graves of loved ones and also cook up traditional feasts, including a drink called colada morada – a thick purple drink made from grains and berries – and “bread babies” or guaguas de pan (bread made in the shape of babies) for the following day.
In smaller towns, often families gather together to bake the guaguas de pan – which are placed on the graves as offerings – in communal ovens.
It is not unusual for festivities to spill out on the streets in impromptu culture parades or flash carnivals.
On Thursday, Ecuador celebrated All Saints Day or Dia de Todos los Santos, during which families remember children who have passed away.