|Our first graveyard in Uranden|
A tour until 4:30 A.M.! Where else but in Mexico for the Night of the Dead Tour with Animeche Tours?
We left the town of Pátzcuaro in central México at 9 p.m., and en route to our first stop our guide Jaime told us of the history of the celebration and regaled us with song.
|Jaime leading us in a singalong en route to our first cemetery.|
We first went to the town of Uranden, and after a traditional meal we were treated to traditional dances. The dancers had lightening fast feet!
Day of the Dead, much like people in Canada dress up for Halloween. I especially like these two with their smart-phones; quite a contrast with the traditional dancers.
We then watched some pescadores with their fishing nets and boats perform a show, a representation of the traditional way in which some indigenous people still fish for small sardines using the butterfly nets. In season they get up before the sun and use the artificial light of the torches to attract the fish.
Next we travelled to Arocutín to visit our first (of three!) graveyards. This was a larger cemetery than the others and there was more room to maneuver.
What struck me was that the people weren't sad or sombre; many of them were laughing even.
|I was trying to discretely take a photo of this family, but they saw me and smiled for the camera.|
|A more somber looking lady.|
|By now, it's about 3 a.m., and they don't look very tired!|
|Some of the offerings for the souls of the loved ones.|
|These boys, though, couldn't last the night.|
|While marigolds are the dominant flower, there are others.|