I had the good fortune of being in Honduras on November 1st and El Salvador on November 2nd. This allowed me to get a glimpse into Dia del Muerto in both places.
Although no one celebrates Dia del Muerto like the Mexicans, it was still interesting to see how the Hondurans and El Salvadorans do it. Basically, it’s a day spent with family and the graves of fallen loved ones are decorated.
In general, I love the idea and cultural attitude of celebrating life instead of mourning loss. These two days are the culmination of this awesome and unique cultural difference.
On November 1st, All Saints Day, I was in Nacaome, Honduras in the morning before heading back to El Salvador. I had completed my two days volunteering with Cape Cares Medical Brigade and paid a visit to the Nacaome cemetery before leaving.
There wasn’t much happening as the big day is November 2nd, but I took a look nevertheless.
Yes, it felt weird walking around a cemetery by myself taking pictures. Yes, people noticed and thought it was weird/funny.
One cool thing was this violinist and guitarist playing music. I don’t know if they were available for rent to perform for families in the cemetery or if they were members of the family shown. Either way, the audience doesn’t seem too interested!
On November 2nd, All Souls Day, I was in El Salvador. I went to the cemetery with Rene’s family in the morning.
The entrance to the cemetery had some local people selling drinks and food. It was hot. I wake up every morning around 5:30am-6am and it’s a bit chilly. But as soon as the sun comes out, the thermometer shoots upward. By 9am, it had to be at least 30C/86F.
By the time we left, it was in the 90’sF for sure with a terribly intense sun. Rene’s wife, Sandra, said rain was probably on its way because it was so hot – that there must be a high pressure front leading storms. Later in the day it did rain. Impressive!
Rene’s wife is from Yoloaiquin and has family buried in the cemetery. She met up with uncles and cousins and helped decorate the graves of their fallen family members.
I walked around and took pictures and hung out with the kids.
The pictures in a minute.. First, check out how to milk a coconut! I guess it makes sense, but I was impressed at her strength and machete-wielding abilities! It was not the first time I drank a beverage out of a bag, but it was the first time I drank fresh coconut milk.
To be honest, I didn’t like the coconut milk very much. I didn’t like the inside edible part either. But it was ok and it was so hot I was ready to drink anything. And you can’t beat the show in opening the coconut and then pouring the milk!
Now, below are some pictures of the day.
Below are some pictures of the breathtaking views of the area from the cemetery.
A short panorama video of the cemetery