Why is Undas the Filipino Halloween?

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Why is Undas the Filipino Halloween?

In most parts of the world, October 31 or Halloween is the time for scary stories, fancy costumes, trick-or-treating, and all things dark and spooky.

In the Philippines and other Latin-influenced countries, however, it has a much deeper meaning. Halloween is just a prelude to the week-long celebration of Undas, a Filipino term for Día de Todos Los Santos or All Saints' Day, derived from the Spanish word "honrar" (to honor).

Filipinos usually visit the tombs of their departed on November 1 and 2.But they clean the graves and mausoleums as early as weeks before.

Both the 31st of October and the 1st of November are often declared non-working holidays to allow people extra time to spend time with their families and honor the deceased.

Since a lot of people need to travel to their hometowns, schools often suspend classes for an entire week otherwise known as Undas break.

Families reunite and camp out at the cemetery with feasts and good cheer to honor their loved ones. They offer praise and thanksgiving for their deceased kin through prayers, flowers, candles, and food.

Chinese Filipino families also burn incense.

Here in japan they call 'OBON'

It is this time of the year when Japan suddenly turns tranquil, trains get empty and cemeteries start blooming with flowers.

It's Obon—the Japanese summer festival of welcoming back ancestors' spirits and returning to one's family roots.

Equally important as celebrating the New Year’s holidays in Japan is the summer celebration Obon. This celebration usually lasts for four to five days around August 15 and is one of the most important family events throughout the year in Japan.

Often compared to Halloween abroad, though quite different in essence and practice, Obon is the Japanese tradition of paying respect to ancestors and loved ones who have passed away.

Concretely No matter how different the day and way we celebrate , our only goal is to be with our deceased family member, ,

Always remember the letter " A, B, C"

Always Be Careful everyone!!

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