Fete Gede – Day of the Dead
Start: 1 November 2015
Venue: National Cemetery, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
This annual Vodou Festival represents Day of the Dead, which is carried out for the playful Haitian spirits. Rituals carried out within a month, but the majority of them at the beginning.
The faithful gather at the main cemetery in the capital of Haiti, to honor all Gede and their father, Baron Samedi (On Saturday). At the entrance to the cemetery on a pedestal with a cross, which symbolizes the entrance into the possession of Baron Samedi. Here, people are preparing a special drink, which sprinkle the cross.
People bring gifts: beeswax candles, flowers, bottles of rum with chilli. So they warm the bones of Gede. The festival is accompanied by wild dancing, simulating sexual intercourse. They also, in the opinion of Haitians, involving spirits. Fans of voodoo rituals performed to predict the future.
Considered, that obscene dances and antics with sexual overtones designed to cheat death and life reward. Obscene language and gestures should inform the spirits, that people are waiting for their arrival, they are ready to break down the barriers of the visible world and see the invisible. In the meantime, like someone is choking and falls into the semiconscious state, others perform uncontrolled movements of body. Without stopping the movement in the rhythm of the music, many of you drink rum and pepper and rub it into their genitals.
Since spirits are associated with fertility, it is considered a good sign, if children are present at the celebration.
In all temples voodoo celebration lasts all night. It all starts with the arrival of dusk, signaled the beginning of the holiday are 13 drum beats, now here will have, drinking and dancing until dawn, participating in ritual dances and glorifying life. And in the morning usually occurs ritual sacrifice of animals.