All Saints’ Day arises because we may hold on to the idea that one day heaven will be our home.
In our culture, it is celebrated on November 1 and celebrated by those who still remain alive in this earthly world; while November 2 remembers the day of the dead with pilgrimage to the cemeteries with music and dance groups. The mourners in front of the deceased’s grave toast with abundant chicha, beer and offer him food, fruits and everything that the deceased tasted pleasantly in life.
The celebration begins with the exhibition on an altar of the foods and drinks that most pleased our deceased, Andean tradition tells us, that on November 1 at noon, the dead return from the beyond, to visit their relatives and all their people and also to enjoy what is offered on the altar and see if they still remember them on earth, but they must return to the next world before noon on November 2.
In these dates gastronomic festivals are organized, where baked piglets, tamales are served. And the christening parties of the t’anta wawas (doll-shaped breads).
Death in the Andes, especially in Cusco, is conceived as a continuity of life. It is another step that the human being takes in a natural way from “this life” to the “other life”.
On November 2, cemeteries are full of life as on any other day of the year and the cost of flowers reach very high prices. The pantheons are filled with people who pray for their dead, and also for those of whom no one remembers.
Apparently the commercial is on the way to becoming a tradition, several markets and squares, such as Plaza Tupac Amaru, will be full of improvised kiosks that delight children and adults with the delicious baked piglet, a dish that brings roasted pork and some tamales of corn from Cusco. While the t’anta wawas (doll breads) and colorful “bread horses” become irresistible in the eyes of the smallest of the family and in many places, the preparation of huge t’anta wawas is done.
The Feast of All Saints, November 1 and the feast of the dead, November 2, is still part of that magical Cusco and although contradictions are inevitable, the cosmopolitan city is transformed and assumes as its own the Halloween party, which It is a Catholic celebration mixed with the Celtic tradition, after all.