A Salvadoran girl with skull face paint takes part in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. A Salvadoran girl with skull face paint takes part in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.
Salvadoran boys, painted an ashen grey and wearing masks, perform indigenous mythology characters in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead celebration in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. Salvadoran boys, painted an ashen grey and wearing masks, perform indigenous mythology characters in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead celebration in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.
A young Salvadoran man performs a prisoner without the head carried on the mythological cart La Carreta Chillona in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. A young Salvadoran man performs a prisoner without the head carried on the mythological cart La Carreta Chillona in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.
A Salvadoran boy, wearing a mask, performs an indigenous mythology character in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. A Salvadoran boy, wearing a mask, performs an indigenous mythology character in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.
A young Salvadoran man spits fire as he performs during the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the dead celebration in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. A young Salvadoran man spits fire as he performs during the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the dead celebration in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.
A Salvadoran boy, wearing a pink mask, performs an indigenous mythology character in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. A Salvadoran boy, wearing a pink mask, performs an indigenous mythology character in the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.
A Salvadoran man, wearing a skull mask, plays drum during the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead celebration in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. A Salvadoran man, wearing a skull mask, plays drum during the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead celebration in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.
Salvadoran boys, having white body paint with death symbols, perform during the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. Salvadoran boys, having white body paint with death symbols, perform during the La Calabiuza parade at the Day of the Dead festivity in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.

Day of the Dead (La Calabiuza)

Tonacatepeque, El Salvador – November 2016

The festival, known as La Calabiuza since the 90s of the last century, joins Salvador’s pre-Hispanic heritage and the mythological figures (La Sihuanaba, El Cipitío, La Llorona etc.) collected from the whole Central American region, together with the catholic All Saints Day holiday and its tradition of honoring the dead relatives. Children and youths only, dressed up in scary costumes and carrying painted carts, march from the local cemetery to the downtown plaza where the party culminates with music, dance, drinking and eating pumpkin (Ayote) with honey.

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