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The Day of the Dead: Remembering the Deceased

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The Catholic ‘ Holy Days ‘ of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, November 1 and 2 are special dates every year.

The Day of the Dead, November 1, is a state holiday in many European countries, focusing on family and close friends gathering at cemeteries to remember and pray for friends and relatives who have died.

It is a Europe wide tradition for people to place bouquets of flowers on the graves of dead relatives.

Usually, a candle is also lit and placed next to the grave headstone.

As darkness falls the cemeteries are evocatively lit by the thousands of flickering candles in their protective lamp holders.

Words

cemetery: a place in which dead people are buried.
cemetery in other languages

evocative: that produces  especially emotional feelings.

Read by John Edwin Skelton.

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