All saints day would be the equivalent of Halloween in the United States.
The celebration of dead is a big thing in all of Bolivia. In Cochabamba it has a large impact specially in the countryside. All saints day takes place on the first of November, which is the date on which the spirit of the dead returns to earth to meet with their relatives and taste once again what they enjoyed on earth, food and drinks.
On midday of the first of november the gates of heaven are open so that the dead return to earth, where they will remain until midday of the second of November. Families and friends of the deceased usually prepare a table filled with a special bread called "tantawawas", it also has fruits, candies, drinks and the photographs of their dead relatives, so that they are able to come and share for a while these things. All these prepartions are made in the home of the families and afterwords they go to the cementery where their relatives are buried taking with them the different "offerings". In the cementery you will find children singing and praying for the souls, if you give them some money or some food they will pray or sing for your dead relatives. In some places in the rural areas the bones of dead relatives will be taken out of the ground so that they receive the offerings in a more direct way.
All saints ratifies the Andean balance between the living and the dead. The dead or rather, the spirits watch over their living relatives an these must respect their memory and honor their memories. The breads, candies and drinks – specially the chicha- are food that can be good for the dead in certain special dates like this.
The three-value andean logic also has a role in the collective imagination, due to the fact that spirits live in a world where no past, present or future exists. The circularity of time makes then come back every year to the place where they once lived. Sometimes they forget to return. That’s why in the countryside sometimes a puppet made of leaves is created and hit with sticks so that the spirits don’t forget to go back to the heavens.
The date of all saints takes place during the end of the agricultural year which started in May with the festivity of Santa Vera Cruz. It is the time when the land must rest after having provided their fruits which are later harvested.