Metro Manila · All Saints' Day / All Souls' Day (November 1 and 2)
All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are important occasions for many Christians in the Philippines. This is the day that they visit their deceased loved ones. Filipinos have a special and often cheerful way of celebrating All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day ad it often entails big family picnics at the cemeteries.
Undas or All Saints' Day is both a social and religious event in the Philippines. In some provinces, people go to the cemeteries on November 1st, the day after Halloween while others visit their deceased loved ones on the 2nd of November also known as All Souls's Day.
Many Manileños flock to the cemeteries of Manila or travel home to their respective provinces to visit loved ones who have passed away. During this time of year, the government often urges bus operators to provide more vehicles so as to accommodate the volume of people going home. The streets leading to the cemeteries in Metro Manila are often congested while other parts of the Megacity are surprisingly quiet.
Many people celebrate the lives of their parents, grandparents or other deceased family members and often offer prayers during this time of year. It is also the time when family members get the family tomb washed or repainted.
Many visitors spend hours or even the whole night near the graves of their loved ones. This is why they bring substantial amount of food and turn the celebration into a big family picnic.
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