In Ecuador every November 2th, streets around the cementeries are flooded with crosses, flowers´ crowns and religious stamps, to remember their beloved people who passed away. This is a very important date for Quechua families.
Faith and religion are elements that take life in these dates, people restoring and decorating tombs are some everyday images in cementeries. In this important date, also culinary traditions are present. The traditional “Colada Morada” is a laborious preparation that unites the Ecuadorian family. It is prepared with fruits and local herbs, wheat flour and, in some places, with corn flour, processed with grains obtained in the first harvest in the Ecuadorian Andes.
“Colada Morada” is always accompanied by the traditional "Guagua de Pan” that began to be elaborated in the 19th century. At that time, the Indians prepared mass figures to remember their dead people, especially children. That's why the name “guagua” means “child” in Quechua language.
Colada morada and Guaguas de Pan are one of the gastronomic icon that last in Ecuador.