Haitians Head to Graveyards on Guede (Ghede)
The most Haitians prefer to congregate at the National Cemetery in Port-au-Prince's to remember and spend time with their beloved deceased ancestors. The faithful offer and coffee and fruit to their deceased loved ones and ask Baron Samedi (or Baron Semetye), the head of each cemetery, for health, jobs and luck. Baron Samedi rules over his cemetery with his wife, Maman Brijit. Every cemetery has its own Baron and Brijit who were buried as the first male and female corpses and they are identified by certain tombs which are usually the oldest in the graveyard. The voodoo priests and priestesses gather around the oldest grave, light candles and stoke small fires as they evoke the spirit Baron Samedi, typically represented with a dark top hat and a white skull face. Some spray wines on all over the tomb's cross or fill their mouths with fiery rum.
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