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🇬🇧 DAY OF THE DEATH AT POMUCH CEMETERY A HARD TO EXPLAIN LOCAL TRADITION by Laura Malacara

- He is my dad, he’s name was Francisco and I'm about to bring out my mom- Says Don Jose, whom we previously and respectfully asked for permission to make photos and videos.


Today is October 29 of 2019 and we are in Pomuch, a small town between Mérida and Campeche locally known for their pastry (delicious by the way) and known worldwide because of their uncommon tradition on the Day of the Death which in Mexico we celebrate on November the 2nd, so the locals are already getting ready for it.

Pomuch Cemetery is very small and humble with two arches at the entrance with a clear message on top “Silence and respect”. Walking through narrow hallways surrounded by opened niches with small urns in which you can see the human remains already cleaned and other niches completely closed with cement…Where the corpses will remain until they take them out and clean them.

After three years in the closed niches, they will take out the remains of their relatives and they will do the bone cleaning. Every year they also change the beautiful and hand made embroidered sheets they have in the niches. While cleaning them, they talk with them and they take care of them as they were treated alive. They update them with the family news and they leave offerings as the tradition dictates.



This, as an act of love to their beloved ones, now they are gone..

Even the locals are unaware of the origin of this particular tradition. But it is definitely part of the social conscience.


In Pomuch the communication between life and death isn't lost even though sometimes it is hard to understand such traditions.

And a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and my group.


In Mexico we still love those who passed away and honor them, this is only one of the many ways we do it.









Photos and Videos by Laura Malacara

IG: @lauritz_lechu


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