Observing Day of the Dead

141102_kdi_greatphotos062This past week Costa Ricans celebrated Nov. 2 as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Although many from the US may be familiar with the more elaborate Mexican traditions of this day, here it consists of attending mass and cleaning and decorating the grave sites of loved ones.

I had the chance to accompany members of the Salazar-Ugalde family on their visit to the cemetery in San Luis. The wreaths they places were lovingly made by hand by the matriarch of the family, Sra. Ermelinda. She made the beautiful flowers from plastic bags cut into strips and then folded into the shape of a flower.

At the cemetery, her children, Lindor and Edith, placed the wreaths at the gravesides of relatives.

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