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Sarah
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Posted - 28/10/2005 :  16:03:34  Show Profile  Visit Sarah's Homepage  Reply with Quote
1 November is the feast of All Saints, a national public holiday in Spain.

It is also known as 'All Hallows' or 'Hallowmas'. Hence 'Halloween' - the Eve of All Hallows on 31 October. So to explain the tradition of ghosts and ghouls on this night....

All Saints is probably the spookiest of all religious celebrations. On this day, it is said that all the dead come back to re-visit the living.

To make their passage back from the grave a little more pleasant, all over Spain, cemetries are decorated. By tradition, families visit the graves of their departed loved ones on this day.

The feast is also associated with eating roast chestnuts and 'panellets' - a small cake, apparently linked from the days when food and drink were placed in the graves with the departed.

Spooky!

PS Has anyone experienced this celebration in Spain?

Edited by - Sarah on 28/10/2005 16:04:39

claredenandrose
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Spain
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Posted - 28/10/2005 :  22:59:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
November 2nd is "All Souls Day"!
On this day, many Spanish visit the cemeteries to pay respect to their deceased, and pray to their "souls".
Can't remember where, but in one country, they actually "bring out" their deceased to celebrate with them !!!
Yes, they bring them out of their burial chambers !!!


We would love to live in Tossa !!!
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claredenandrose
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Posted - 28/10/2005 :  23:04:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a quick mention that All Hallowes Eve,(Hallowe'en) October 31st is our wedding anniversary, but stranger still, the street we lived in when we married was "All Hallowes Drive" Spooky or what!!!

We would love to live in Tossa !!!
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Sarah
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Posted - 29/10/2005 :  16:39:40  Show Profile  Visit Sarah's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well spooky! Can't believe that.

I read that in Mexico, families spend the whole day by the graveside, they take food and drink with them and basically have a party there! As well as decorating the graves with flowers, they also paint skulls in bright colours, put them on sticks and plant them in the ground! They also leave food at the graveside for the departed to feast on when they return to the land of the living!
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