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Friday, October 28, 2011

All Saints Day in the Philippines


November 1, marks as the All Saints Day (Todos Los Santos or Undas or Araw ng mga Patay). Filipino people celebrate, remember and honor the dead joyously, still a respectful day for commemorating our ancestors and loved ones. The celebration continues through the next day, All Souls Day. The two days are traditional Catholic holidays set aside to commemorate all the saints and the souls of the dead.

Thousand of Filipino families are repainting and cleaning the grave at the cemeteries in preparation of the incoming All Saints Day. Cemeteries in the Philippines consist mostly of mausoleums and grave plots. Flowers and candles are being offered in the tomb.

Families return to their respective provinces to pay a visit and respects to  the tombs of their deceased loved ones. Most Filipino people visit different cemetery and each grave of their loved ones to offer flowers or to light a candle and prayers.

In most Catholic cemeteries, a liturgy mass is being held and each tomb is blessed with Holy Water. Prayers are offered in hopes for the dead. Families stay all day and some stay overnight in the cemetery with their family or relatives tombs, having a family reunion atmosphere. Eating, drinking (non alcoholic), playing card games, praying and telling stories our common family activities while spending the day at the cemetery.

Bringing of alcoholic drinks and weapons as well as gambling are not permitted in the cemetery.

All Saints Day is considered a very important holiday by many Filipino and normally given as a special holiday.

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