Reference : V-P-GT-E-00290
Date : 01/11/2020
Country/Region : GUATEMALA
Caption : Chimaltenango, San Juan Comalapa. For the Day of the Dead, ICRC delegates Luis and Erick attend the honouring of Basilio, who went missing in 1982. His remains were found in 2003, but he was only identified in 2014 through a DNA test.
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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