Alla Helgons Dag Glow

This time year has been very different for me over here in Sweden particularly with Holidays. A few weeks ago was the 31st of October which is Halloween and in the states that is a big holiday nationally. Almost every kid dresses up and its a bit deal but over here in Sweden Halloween is not big at all. People actually look at others walking down the street in costume like they are crazy. Now that of course was very different for me, but what was even more interesting was the Saturday following. This day was the Swedish “Alla Helgons Dag” which is basically all saints day. This holiday lies on the Saturday after Halloween between the 31st of October and the 6th of November. I have heard of this holiday in the states but did not know anyone who really celebrated it and although Sweden is a very non religious country, there seemed to be a large number of people who recognize and celebrate it. Its common on that day to spend time with your family, remember your loved ones who have passed and have dinner in their honor. I had also heard that the cemeteries are a very beautiful sight that entire weekend but didn’t quite understand so that evening I went to go check one out and it was amazing. I expected there to be a few people there sitting and just reflecting by their loved ones graves, but what I did not expect was the glow that came from the cemetery. As I walked in through the entrance I realized that the entire surrounding wall was covered in candles and almost every grave stone was lit up by individual ones that had been placed there by family. No flashlights or lamps were needed to see anything because of the glow of the candles. The whole yard had a very beautiful, sentimental and peaceful aura about it. My friend and I spent about 20 minutes just walking around and taking in the atmosphere and enjoying its beauty. That was one thing had never seen before and is an image that will definitely stay in my mind.

 

Posted on November 25, 2013 by Nils Mossblad

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