In the Philippines it is better known as All Saint’s Day or Day of the Dead (Araw ng mga Patay).
It is an annual family- oriented event that marks the commemoration of every Filipino around the country of our loved ones that has already passed away.
Usually spooky at night, cemeteries for this day (November 1) are filled with prayer and laughter as grandparents, parents, children, cousins, nephews and nieces gather together for this special day of remembrance.
Relatives from far off places take some time off from their busy schedules and go home to their provinces or towns to be able to visit their departed loved ones.
What seems to be a somber day to remember the dead turns into a festive celebration equivalent to that of Christmas and New Year filled with food, drinks, and games.
We Filipinos never forget the true meaning of this day, and that is to let our departed loved ones know that no matter how many years pass by, they will always be remembered and cherished in our hearts by simply visiting their graves, lighting a candle as well as offering a prayer for their souls.
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