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Monday, November 01, 2010

All Saints' Day

Today we celebrate All Saints’day and tomorrow All souls’ day. The family (just the older ones since it has been raining) went to the cemetery to light candles, say prayer and share some food. Tomorrow if the weather is better they go back with the kids. Other family members went to visit yesterday.

The children had a Halloween program in school before the break but they cancelled the costume which was good. John-john, my 11 year old nephew still wanted to get a costume though and I asked what for and he said “wala lang, gusto ko lang” (nothing, I just want to) and he said he was going to use his money anyway. I told him not to since it will just be a waste… still could not understand the idea of Halloween in the Philippines but I passed by several plush subdivisions on my way to our mission area the past weekend and I could see several Halloween décor on the entrance gates plus there were children doing trick or treat in their costumes in the mall where I had a quick lunch. Yeah, it was also nice looking at the kids with costumes but still thinking that the candies they were getting would not compensate for the money paid for by their parents for their costumes.

Then last night and today, there were kids banging our gates and it turned out they were saying “trick or treat”… ahhh even in our poor neighborhood the western commercial way of celebrating Halloween is catching up.

Still feel that our tradition is better… ahh not the offering of food (what a waste to see food offered left on the graves) but the family get together and prayer…

Plus of course it is always nice to have one more day away from the office (",)!


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