Christianity, voodoo mix on Haiti's Day of Dead
PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - In a Port-au-Prince cemetery, Haitians gathered on Saturday to ask "the spirit of death" for any number of desires, ranging from housing to visas, during Haiti's Day of the Dead.
"It's a tradition: on the Day of the Dead, after church, I come to greet Baron," said Mr Fabienne, a 28-year-old participant in the festivities, which combine elements of Christianity and voodoo practices.
In the center of the downtown cemetery, where a large black cross had been installed to represent "Baron Samedi," the spirit of death, Haitians presented their various needs and requests.
"Baron, you must give me a business and a visa," Mr Fabienne said, undeterred by the noise and bustle of the crowd of worshippers.