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Observing All Saints’ Day in the Philippines

Family tradition

I grew up in the Catholic tradition of visiting the cemetery to honor the dead every Nov. 1. We would brave the crowd to bring flowers and candles for our departed loved ones. The occasion itself serves as a family reunion to us. Aunts, uncles, and cousins would come to the house to share a simple meal prepared by my mom and aunts. 

They would cook sumptuous ‘sinigang’ or ‘nilagang baboy’ for lunch. And before we head to the cemetery in the afternoon, the oldies would prepare ‘kakanin’ usually, ‘biko’ for our snack.

My late uncle. He raised my sister and me as his own.

No more burial grounds

It was sad that we no longer practice the tradition because there are no tombs to visit anymore. The area where once the cemetery stood for decades is now the haven of a big commercial establishment. Oddly enough, the commercial place in Alabang is said to be haunted by ghosts. 

My uncle failed to recover the remains of my grandparents. But, he was able to acquire an empty place for them at the next town cemetery.

(Update) Sadly, my dear uncle passed on last June. Another family member has joined his Creator.

Light a candle 

So for many years now, our family commemorates All Saints’ Day at home. I would light a candle beside the picture of my grandparents, aunt, uncles, and cousin and say a little prayer for them. 

For our family members no longer with us, these candles are for you.

I also lit some candles outside our door. Our oldies said the lights from the candle would guide the spirits leading them to the other side.

Ghost tales

Aside from hearing the stories about their late great-grandparents, my kids also loved to hear ghost stories when they were little. 

I think they got the fancy for horror and supernatural stories from me since I grew up watching horror flicks despite my being so afraid or frightened of creepy characters.

There are a lot of fond childhood memories to share about All Souls and All Saints’ Day but, a single post is not enough to accommodate all of them. How about you, how will you spend or celebrate All Saints’ Day this year?

Businesses Boom Online

The pandemic has affected the lives of many drastically, leaving people jobless for several months now. However, we cannot deny the fact that this phenomenon has taught people to become resilient. Those who were unemployed have learned the ropes of online selling. Others become job providers, too, by encouraging others to become resellers.

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I think everyone has turned to online selling these days. People make money in the comfort of their homes by selling cooked foods, sweets, and delicacies. They also sell beauty products, apparel, and even pre-loved items like toys and books.

Gift items for any occasion are easier to find in online shops, too. You can make reservations ahead of time.

As early as September, people on this side of the continent are putting up their Christmas decorations. With easy access to online stores, people can buy all sorts of adornments they could find.

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Meantime, for those who commemorate the dearly departed loved ones every first of November, you can buy candles and flowers from NJ Flower Delivery. This year will be different from the past year’s celebration because crowding is not allowed in cemeteries. You can pay your respects at home and have the candles and flowers delivered to your doorsteps.

If you prefer flowers arrangements on a budget, Englewood new jersey flower delivery will provide them for you. You can visit their website and check on affordable flower arrangements for any occasion. You may get the best term and have the products delivered when you need them. 

It’s a good feeling to receive some flowers in times like this, don’t you think.

Remembering those who are no longer with us

For those family and friends no longer with us, these candles are for you…

I’m offering this candles to my in-laws, grandma, dad, uncle, aunt, cousin, and unborn children. We weren’t able to visit the cemetery where our loved ones were laid to rest, so we lighted these candles to remember them.

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