First of all, before I forget, I want to let you know that starting next week I'll post 1 hour earlier, as summer daylight saving is over this weekend. It will still be the same GMT/UTC, but 1 hour earlier for me.
A week before 1 November, the Chrysanthemum parade begins.
All Saints Day and All Souls Day have long been holidays in which people go to cemeteries with candles and flowers, in many countries with a Roman Catholic heritage.
On the 1st and 2nd of November it is All Saints day and All Souls day.
There are not many people knowing what is the religious meaning of these days but quite sure, everybody in Europe celebrates the Day of the Dead on 1 Nov.
On this day we go to the graves of dead relatives with candles and flowers and say prayers over the dead.
Chrysanthemums are a must on this day and the vendors raise the prices to the maximum, though nobody complains. They are gorgeous flowers.
The candle lights, the graves covered in a see of chrysanthemums and pine branches are a spectacular view.
What I like most is that it is a sober celebration, no parties, drinking or feasting in the cemetery, in our parts.
This is my favorite date of the year, the only celebration left these days that speaks about respect, kindness and remembrance. Somehow this day brings out those deeply hidden, noble human feeling, the way no other holiday can, not even Christmas.
I often observed and witnessed how human behavior changes as soon as people enter the cemetery.
The same person who was pushing others to advance faster in the sea of people in front of the cemetery, is no longer grumpy once in, he even becomes polite and helpful.
What is your opinion and experience about holidays that influence, in a good way, human behavior and emotions?
Have a great weekend!
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