Monday, November 2, 2009

All Saints' Day - Day of the Dead

In my part of world, we don't celebrate Halloween, there is no trick or treating but getting ready for the "Day of the Dead", a holiday of ancestor appreciation.
Like in most European countries, we celebrate All Saints' Day on November 1st and All Souls' Day on November 2nd.
On the 1st of November most families visit cemeteries to remember deceased loved ones.
We decorate the family grave and relatives' gravestones with flowers and light candles.Candle lightThe Chrysanthemum is the flower of this day. There are fields of Chrysanthemum everywhere on the streets. Traffic is paralyzed but there is no financial crises on this day. It's the biggest day of the year for florists.White chrysanthemum close-up
Orange chrysanthemum with raindrops close-upThe graveyards look wonderful with all those candle lights on.
Graveyard with candle lights

14 comments:

Dirkjogt said...

We celebrate All Saints Day (and All Souls Day) the same way. The graveyards are all filled with yellow Chrysanthemums. We don't use candles. Very nice pictures you've taken.

Sylvia K said...

How beautiful! Your photos are breathtaking and thanks for the information about the two days! A truly beautiful look at your world!

Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

kjpweb said...

Very nice and interesting! Halloween is yet a typical american holiday, though it's gaining ground in Europe - so I heard.

Cheers, Klaus

maiaT said...

I daresay you're wrong kjpweb, Halloween used to be a North of England and Scottish thing.

"The name 'Halloween' and many of its present-day traditions derive from the Old English era."
wikipedia

Louise said...

I love graveyards that have lights in them. Excellent post!

Stine in Ontario said...

All Souls Day is a beautiful holiday and I wish we celebrated it in Canada. The photo of the lit candles is stunning!

Jenn said...

We likewise celebrate it the same way here in the Philippines. People trek to cemeteries on All Saint's Day here as well. Your photo of the candlelit cemetery is just awesome.

Lawstude said...

in the philippines, we celebrate all saints day on the first and all souls day on the second of november. we usually go to cemetery on the first. great first photo.

catcent said...

Très belle coutume, pour nous c'est plus pour les enfants et les bonbons. ByeA+

LadyFi said...

Gorgeous. People in Sweden visit graves too on All Soul's Day.

Grace and Bradley said...

It is more manfully that Halloween.

joo said...

Beautiful!

Coffeedoff said...

A wonderful custom, I wish we did that in the UK.

Janie said...

What a wonderful tradition to have a special day to remember your ancestors. The cemetery looks beautiful with all of the light.

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