On Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2, 2012, Island residents commemorated and remembered their deceased loved ones in a religious celebration known as Los Finados; a tradition that has been kept alive and passed on generation after generation honoring our beloved dead relatives.
November 1st is celebrated as All Saints Day by Catholics worldwide. In San Pedro, this past Thursday, November 1, 2012, the San Pedro House of Culture, along with the San Pedro RC Church, held a rosary and blessing of the food that is placed on the altar. Children were dressed as little angels and prayers were done in celebration of eternal life of he loved ones who have died.
The Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) or All Souls Day is celebrated on November 2nd. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, flowers, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.
A special mass for the dead was held at the San Pedro Cemetery on Friday, November 02, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. Father Dennis prayed for all the souls of our departed loved ones after which those in attendance were given delicious hot cocoa and fresh baked sweet bread.
Celebrations for Los Finados continued during the evening as offerings were taken to the altar of the dead which was located outside the church. Pictures of loved ones along with candles and statues of saints adorned the altar, as well as food offerings.