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Kites for helping good souls rest in peace

      
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What's the best time to fly a kite? Spring? How about on November 1, the Day of the Dead? The article in the March-April issue of ICCFA Magazine on the Day of the Dead observance at the Aguilar family's cemetery, Los Parques, shows children flying small kites and refers to the giant kites created at the old Santiago cemetery, a few miles away. The kites are said to dissipate the evil souls, allowing the good souls to rest in peace.


A medium-sized kite is examined in the old cemetery at Santiago.

The street leading to the Santiago cemetery is crowded with vendors and townspeople on their way to the cemetery.

The street leading to the Santiago cemetery is crowded with vendors and townspeople on their way to the cemetery.

Cooking food to sell to the crowds on their way to the cemetery.

Cooking food to sell to the crowds on their way to the cemetery.

Carrying bamboo poles to create the frames for the giant kites.

Carrying bamboo poles to create the frames for the giant kites.

Creating a frame for a medium-sized kite.

Creating a frame for a medium-sized kite.

A man shimmies up a pole that will be used to lift one of the giant kites after it is completed.

A man shimmies up a pole that will be used to lift one of the giant kites after it is completed.

More photos of the Day of the dead at Santiago cemetery can be seen at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iccfa1/sets/72157616650384305/