Remembering the Dead

All Souls Day is a very special day dedicated to our loved ones who passed away. We come back to our hometown to pay respect to our dead loved-ones. This is our chance to visit their graves and show our love by offering flowers, candle, food, and the most important, prayers.

All Souls Day is also a reunion among both the living and the dead. Most families keep a vigil in cemeteries and/or memorial parks. They play card games, board games, name games, sungka and other games they could think of. Some would even sing in karaokes and videokes.

Why do we put candles on their graves when there are already lamps?
I believe that the lights from the lamps guide the ways of the living while the lights from the candles guide the ways of the souls of our dead loved-ones to heaven.

Why do we offer food when the dead could not eat anymore?
This is a pagan belief that the souls of the dead would return for a meal with the family. Obviously, the dead could not take food anymore - and even the spirits. Some churches had put a stop to this practice. For the more practical reasons, it would be better to serve the foods to the living because they are the ones who need them. I have known that this practice is to show that they still care for them even though they are not around. It is the thought that counts.

This is supposed to be a solemn event, why are they having a party?
I saw people singing as if they were in an entertainment establishment and some would even set-up a disco. These are some of their ways to pass the night away and to show their dead loved ones that they are happy and have moved on from their loss so their souls would not worry for the people they left and they would rest in peace.

All Souls Day is the day to remember, pray for, and offer requiem masses for the spirit of the dead. How do you celebrate All Souls Day?

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