Mango Mix: How do we spell ‘Halloween’ in the Philippines?
Zombies, draculas, witches. It’s that time of the year again! Halloween, that is. In the Philippines, however, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are spelled differently, i.e. U-N-D-A-S!
All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are two of the special non-working holidays in the Philippines. Although technically, November 2 is the day for the dead, Filipinos commemorate their departed loved ones on November 1. In fact, there were years when October 31 was even declared a non-working holiday to give way for the preparation of the Filipinos in celebrating the feast of the saints and the souls. Much time is needed because most travel back to their provinces to be united with their loved ones—and together, they remember the souls of their departed family and/or friends.
N-ights at the cemetery
For almost 362 days, cemeteries are dull and lifeless, creepy even. Come October 31, people start to gather and camp on the graves of their beloved. Some come to visit for hours; and some, to stay overnight. Believe it or not, the ambiance becomes festive. Read more.