How we remember…

We have different ways of grieving and remembering those who have come ahead of us. For some, it’s through a day of prayers…for some, its honoring age-old traditions. As mentioned, All Saint’s Day here in the Philippines closely resemble a typical town fiesta–complete with tons and tons of food, music and various merchandise sold on local cemeteries.

Here are some pictures on how I spent my Halloween and All Saint’s Day.

With small and simple offerings from us, we try to remember the life and death of our loved ones. We try to give more than prayers to ensure that they will find peace and happiness. More than asking God for his guidance for the souls of the dearly departed–it’s also asking his Infinite Grace and Wisdom for the people who needs his assistance more, the living.

Ubiquitously present every year, kids gather wax from candle drippings. They will sold these for PHP7 a kilo.

The kid above is doing something I’ve always loved doing as a kid. Gather wax drippings from melted candles then sell them for PHP7 a kilo. When I was still a kid, I had full ownership of melted wax on the “neighboring graves”. I remember my grandma asking the other grown-ups to save their wax drippings for me. Fast forward to almost twelve years after grandma passed away, the melted candle from her grave, as well as those coming from the other “oldies” who have also passed on, lay forgotten in the wet ground (it was a rainy trek to the cemetery this year). No kid asked for it, nor claimed ownership. Well, we had to inform the poor kid who was rustling on graves that he could have our wax drippings.

This is my favorite uncle’s grave. He dies Christmas day almost six years ago. There is never a day that we don’t remember him. He was the best uncle anyone could ever have.

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