Happy Halloween!!!

We didn’t use to celebrate Halloween in the Philippines, but being an adaptable country and influenced by western cultures, the holiday has slowly been introduced into our yearly traditions. Now, parents can dress their kids up and bring them to work to go trick or treating in the office or malls; some villages and subdivisions close streets to accommodate the drove of kids going house to house for sweets; some schools hold parties where kids can come in their costumes for some fun; and not to forget the costume parties everywhere.

Halloween is a time for fun and merriment, but ultimately the eve of October 31st into November 1st is a day to remember our dead. November 1st is All Saints Day, while November 2nd is All Souls’ Day. It is during these days that we go to the cemeteries to visit and pray for our dearly departed loved ones. It’s fun too because it sometimes turns into a family reunion.

“Undas” or All Saints’ Day (borrowed from the net, thanks to Google)

So again for another year I will be praying for them from my part of the world. They will all hear me in heaven anyway.


10 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!!!”

  1. OH…cemeteries are great fun aren’t they? Well, maybe not fun, but you know what I mean. If I were in a cemetery, I’d love everybody coming to visit me to pay homage. It’s nice to have a place of remembrance isn’t it?

    Aroooo, Stuart

  2. You changed your profile picture!!

    Anyway, what we wanted to tell you is that we love cemetaries! On the weekends, the Mamas would take us for at least an hour’s walk! The view from our local cemtary is spectacular, and there’s never very many people (or dogs) around. There’s never any food though, so that’s a definite drawback!

    But just so you know, we love all your cultural stories, so keep it up!!


    Madeleine and Gingersnap!

    1. I wanted a profile picture that would show the whole family. it’s not a good one though but it’s the only one I got of all 4 of us. the puppies are still too small for a family picture.
      I like cemeteries too. I find it so serene and peaceful. I’m sure the babies would like to go there too.

  3. Halloween is not generally celebrated here in the Republic of Georgia but is becoming popular with young children. The tall person brought make some Halloween decorations from London and we had a little party. The little person wore a scary mask!

  4. Thanks for reading Bongo… In the western countries, the fun is on the streets following the trick or treaters, in the Philippines, everybody is in the cemeteries.


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