November 2nd is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Nicaragua, when the cemeteries fill with family members decorating, cleaning, and painting the crypts of their loved ones. It’s a time to celebrate the dearly departed. On that day you can see people with hoes, buckets of paint, brooms, and flowers…lots and lots of flowers.
The grave sites are picked clean of all weeds. Then, they wash the crypts and apply a new coat of paint. Finally, family members and friends pray for them.
In the cemeteries you can admire the variety of decorations, the arrangement of flowers, and the beautifully tiled and painted crypts. Even the poorest families, who couldn’t afford to make a crypt, lovingly placed flowers over the hills of dirt protecting their loved ones.