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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Filipinos clean graves, pray, honor dead on All Saints' Day


Thousands of Filipinos throng to Manila's North Cemetery, the country's largest, to pay tribute to their departed in observance of All Saints Day Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of Filipinos in this predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, take their time to visit the graves of their dear departed by offering flowers and prayers in the annual tradition. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Thousands of Filipinos throng to Manila's North Cemetery, the country's largest, to pay tribute to their departed in observance of All Saints Day Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of Filipinos in this predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, take their time to visit the graves of their dear departed by offering flowers and prayers in the annual tradition. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

Filipinos light candles at the graves of their dear departed in observance of All Saints Day Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Manila's North Cemetery, the country's largest, in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of Filipinos in this predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, take their time to visit the graves of their dear departed by offering flowers and prayers in the annual tradition. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Filipinos light candles at the graves of their dear departed in observance of All Saints Day Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Manila's North Cemetery, the country's largest, in Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands of Filipinos in this predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, take their time to visit the graves of their dear departed by offering flowers and prayers in the annual tradition. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press
In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 photo, children play by apartment-type crypts as the country prepares for the traditional honoring of the departed every Nov. 1 known as All Saints Day, at Masantol township, Pampanga province north of Manila, Philippines. On All Saints Day in the country, the cemetery takes center stage - and not at all in the way Halloween does it. This is a time for remembrance and, for many, a time for contemplation. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 photo, children play by apartment-type crypts as the country prepares for the traditional honoring of the departed every Nov. 1 known as All Saints Day, at Masantol township, Pampanga province north of Manila, Philippines. On All Saints Day in the country, the cemetery takes center stage - and not at all in the way Halloween does it. This is a time for remembrance and, for many, a time for contemplation. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)  (The Associated Press)

Families bring flowers. Relatives seek out graves of departed soldiers. Tombs across the Philippines get cleaned up. And prayers — prayers with candles, silent prayers, group prayers, prayers for loved ones now gone — echo across the land.
On All Saints Day in the Philippines, the cemetery takes center stage — and not at all in the way Halloween does it. This is a time for remembrance and, for many, a time for contemplation.
From the preparations Monday to the celebrations Tuesday, here is a visual glimpse into All Saints Day in Asia's most Catholic nation.


Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/01/filipinos-clean-graves-pray-honor-dead-on-all-saints-day.html

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