Final farewell on a crowded highway


This funeral procession passed in front of our hostel on the Pan American Highway. The horse-drawn carriage is the typical way to bring the deceased to his final resting place. Those who can afford the much more expensive trip, can make their final trip in an automobile.
Behind the carriage, the mourners walked slowly just before sunset, while rush hour traffic zipped by, ignoring the procession on their way home for the evening.
Some commuters on foot rushed across the street and walked heads down on the opposite side of the street. Bicyclists and motorcyclist evacuated the area as quickly as possible. Occasionally, someone crossed themself before moving on.
We’re told the funerals draw little attention because horse-drawn carts are common in Granada. A slow-moving group, walking behind a cart is mostly a nuisance rather than a moment of respect.

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