Once again, it’s the 1st day of November – All Saints’ Day. It’s been a tradition in the Philippines to visit the mausoleums or graveyards of our loved ones. Public cemeteries are always crowded. People are carrying different things such as flowers and candles for the dead, fans and umbrellas against the heat of the sun, drinks and food to fight thirst and hunger, and pocketbooks and newspapers to wrestle with boredom.
This is a very special day because we commemorate our loved ones; that once in our lives, they had touched our hearts. There are moments with them that we will cherish for a lifetime. These are priceless, unforgettable, and irreplaceable. It is just to give them some of our time, even once in a year, to let them know and feel that they are not forgotten, although, they already passed away.
Revisiting the dead is not merely going to the cemetery, lighting a candle, and offering flowers to their graveyards; it is a means of showing them they are always a part of our lives even if they do not already exist on earth.