Cemeteries of the World: The Eerie, The Beautiful, and The Quirky

Maybe you never really get to know a place until you see where they lay their loved ones to rest.
by | October 25, 2017

Death isn’t exactly a vibrant affair, but the K’itche’ people of Chichicastenango, Guatemala prove that sometimes, mourning can be a bit more bearable with a burst of color. On the hillside of the Guatemalan highlands rest hundreds of remains marked by multi-colored tombstones — a result of marrying Mayan and Roman Catholic beliefs. Every year, just before the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, November 1) festivities kick in, families repaint the tombstones of their departed loved ones in preparation of the celebration. The colors of the tombstones are often associated with symbolisms; for instance, white represents purity, while yellow signifies the sun’s life force.

Cementerio de la Recoleta – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Andy Flores is a pathological penny pincher with impulse shopping and binge-eating tendencies. She’s constantly saving up for new adventures, so she dabbles in writing jobs here and there. Her not-so-secret dream is to be an extra in a big Bollywood movie.

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