All Souls 

The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, and as such they observe a few holidays that we no longer do in England. The first of November is known as “All Souls Day”, a public holiday when the living remember their dead and most families spend time at the cemetery lighting candles, eating, and often staying the night. It’s almost like a party atmosphere and families tell stories of their lost loved ones and celebrate their lives.

My aunt and uncle have a tradition of handing out food to the children who live in the area where their store is located on this day, and for the first time I was able to join them. Many of the children were dressed up or had face paints on, it was a really lovely experience and I feel lucky to have been able to participate.

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