Getting Ready for All Souls Day

All Souls Day is celebrated on November 2, a Christian holiday in the Philippines that follows right after All Saints Day. Every year, observers devote this day to remember their departed relatives, visiting cemeteries to light candles and offer flowers and prayers.

A day or so before All Souls Day, tombs are cleaned up or given a fresh coat of paint.

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In death, as in life, not everything is equal. In this public cemetery, those who are remembered get a makeover. Those who are forgotten continue their journey to anonymity.

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The tombs become a “resting place,” both for the dead and the living.

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The worlds of the living and the dead come together on All Souls Day.

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