Time flies so fast, and it’s this time of year again when all Christians in the world celebrate All Saint’s Day, All Souls Day and Halloween. In my homeland, the Philippines, everybody loves the joy of visiting the cemetery to spend time with departed loved ones at this time of the year. Celebrating Halloween was not common when I grew up there but maybe the time has changed now.
I left the country more than twenty years ago, and I went to visit my family many times with my husband, but we have not made a trip that falls on All Souls Day. Now I feel a bit nostalgic, and I imagine how my family and relatives gather for these special days.
I know that it can get crowded in all the cemeteries, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, people may have thought of other ways to visit the cemetery. Speaking of a cemetery, I remember taking this picture of the Montjuïc hill when we drove from Barcelona to Valencia for the first time. It was in the evening, and the lights on the hill caught my attention. So the next time we drove again on the same road, I recognized it was the same hill. I took these images from a moving car, so the qualities were not that good. And when I looked closely afterwards, it was a cemetery on the hill.
The Montjuïc Cemetery is known in Catalan as Cementiri de Montjuïc. It dates back from late 1800, and it has now over one million graves. Some notable Spanish personalities were buried in that cemetery. I often regard cemeteries as dull and gloomy, but when I saw one on the slopes of the hill and looked like the Montjuïc cemetery, it gives a different impression.
Through this post, I wish everyone a Halloween-y weekend, and stay safe!