Tuesday, November 01, 2011

All saints day

We are not talking about the singing group comprised of Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis, and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton. No, this is a religious festival - a day when, traditionally, Spaniards will visit the cemetery to remember departed relatives and friends.

The two days are distinctly different.

All Saints' Day is in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. It commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven.

The next day, All Souls' Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.

It is well worth visiting the cemetery tomorrow just to see the beautiful flowers that people have taken to adorn the niches and the small chapels where families are buried.

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