Reference : V-P-GT-E-00271
Date : 30/10/2020
Country/Region : GUATEMALA
Caption : Chimaltenango, San Juan Comalapa.Carmen , 64, points to the name of her husband, Felipe, on the marble plaque that lists, name by name, the people found in 2003 in a former army camp. Most of them weren't identified, and among them was her husband. "Every year on this date we organize a small procession from here to the place where the remains of our loved ones were found in 2003,” she said. “This year wasn't possible - we are sad.”
Photographer : VOLPE, Daniele
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC web site, article, 06.11.2020
Día de los Muertos and COVID-19 in Latin America: Honouring the dead during a pandemic
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated the world over. This festival honouring the dead offers us the opportunity to reflect on the various impact COVID-19 has had on the cultural and religious rites of communities across Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.
Burial rituals are fundamental to the identity of many communities. Claiming over 1 million lives so far, COVID-19 has considerably disrupted the way funerals are traditionally carried out around the world. The rules designed to protect the living have erected barriers to grieve the dead.
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