“What a good man he was,” Carmen Zamora cried, dabbing at her eyes with a kerchief. “He’s leaving me all alone. I don’t want them to bury him in the ground. My God, no.”
The celebration in Santiago de las Vegas, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of the Cuban capital, has been held each Feb. 5 for the last 30 years and is known as the Burial of Pachencho.