Graveside celebrations are especially common in Ecuador, with most families holding vigils at the tombs of their loved ones, often adorning their graves with flower arrangements, candles, and decorative figurines made from bread dough. Many families will clean the gravestones in the days and weeks leading up to the Day of the Deceased too.
Food is also a key component of Ecuador’s seasonal festivities. In the weeks leading up to Day of the Dead, you’ll see guagua de pan (a sweet bread roll decorated to resemble a baby or doll) and colada morada (a hot beverage made from blue or black corn flour, berries, and other fruits) for sale across Ecuador. Be sure to taste these seasonal specialties, which are as essential to Ecuador’s Day of the Dead as chocolate eggs are to Easter, or apples and honey are to Rosh Hashanah.