Colada morada and Guaguas de pan

The celebration of Day of the Dead (Dia de Difuntos) in Ecuador has lot to do with consuming large quantities of “colada morada” and “guaguas de pan”. Colada morada is a traditional Ecuadorian drink made with black corn flour and different fruit like pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries etc. Guagua de pan (in Quechua guagua is baby, in Spanish pan is bread) is a bread roll made in the shape of a baby. It is made of wheat flour. It sometimes contains filling.

Colada morada and Guagua de pan
Colada morada and Guagua de pan

Guaguas de pan are often exchanged among families. They are also given to godchildren. In the Ecuadorian province of Tungurahua located in the central part of the country people bring guaguas de pan to cemeteries. They are some sort of offerings to the ancestors. Guagua de pan is also known in parts of Bolivia and Peru. There it is called "tantawawa" or "tantaguagua".