Family members lit up phalanx of white candles in the suburban cemetery in the state of Estado de Mexico neighboring the capital Mexico City on Nov. 1, for their lost beloved ones to walk their way well in the netherworld.
Emotional crooning was heard here and there as the remembrance of those who were not able to enjoy whole-life doting from parents and relatives.
The ceremony on Nov. 1 and 2, or the Day of the Dead, epitomized the eternal struggle between life and death for the Mexican culture.
(Soundbite) Marcela Romero, Commemorator
“We have a tradition. We have the belief that they (the dead) come the first day to eat the dedicated food, and on day two, in the afternoon, after three o’clock, it is our turn to eat the fruit, the bread and other offerings. ”
The annual nationwide commemoration was believed to be a combination of Pre-Columbian and Spanish Christian roots.
At midnight of Nov. 2, the souls of the dead were called back to their graves by the tolling of church bells. The commemorators would end their gravesite vigil and went back home in solemn processions, still with candle in hands and soulful mourning lingering in hearts.