On Tuesday, we had a special “Dia de Difuntos” (All Souls Day) Celebration at the IPEE offices on Tuesday. All Souls Day is a special and unique holiday here in Ecuador in which we are basically celebrating the lives of those who have passed on before us, kind of like All Saints Day in the church in the States. What’s different is that it is an incredibly popular holiday here which pretty much everyone celebrates. The typical family will take time to visit the graves of the loved ones who have passed on to pay the respects and remember their lives.
One neat part of the holiday celebrations are the special treats of “Colada Morada” (Purple fruit drink) and “Guaguas de Pan” (Bread in the shape of Children – kind of like the “Gingerbread Man”) which are both pictured here.
We also had the opportunity to celebrate the Birthday of our beloved Martita. Martita is the Secretary for IPEE and has held that position for many, many years though she will soon be retiring so we need to take this opportunity to celebrate here when we can.