Friday, November 03, 2006

All Souls Day

Yesterday was All Souls Day, a day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away. We began at the main church and followed in a large procession through the streets of the town to the cemetery. Once there, I was amazed with the amount of people already there waiting. There were cars everywhere and police directing traffic, trying to keep things in order. The scent of flowers welcome us as we entered through the main door. Inside, it was nothing like I’ve ever seen. People sitting in chairs next to departed loved ones, as if having a peaceful conversation. Every grave was remembered, it was beautiful. Mass was then held in the open air followed by blessings of the Priest.

There is a custom here that the dead leave gifts for the children. So, once we returned home from the cemetery, the kids were busy at play.

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