Photo Credit: A voodoo devotee in the role of a spirit known as a Gede is seen during ceremonies honoring the Haitian voodoo spirit of Baron Samdi and Gede on the Day of the Dead in the National Cemetery, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on November 2, 2017.
Voodoo believers and devotees offer candles, alcohol and food. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on the first two days of November during All Saints and All Souls Day. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Inside Fête Gede, Haiti's 'Day Of The Dead' Celebration [GRAPHIC PHOTOS]
Fête Gede, or “Festival of the Dead,” is one of the most important celebrations in the Voodoo religious calendar. In Haiti the event, which is commemorated yearly on the first and second days of November (All Saints Day and All Souls day respectively), is marked by converging on cemeteries to honor Haitian ancestors with rituals and sacrifices.
Though faced with a series of natural disasters, especially during hurricane season, Haitian Voodooists celebrate the day annually no matter what. “Life goes on after disasters,” Richard Morse, the leader of the Voodoo band RAM, told ABC News. “The only way Gede would be canceled is if a hurricane happened that day.”
In Haitian Voodoo, the Gede is a spirit related to death and fertility. The rituals performed during Fête Gede are not for the faint of heart. Singing, dancing, and drinking are accompanied by animal sacrifices, various other offerings, and actual possessions by the spirits.