The Dead Provide the Living for Their Bread


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Paying a visit to our dead every year is a tradition among us Filipino. This is one of the traditions which every family member longs to home and to join with his family. This is also the best earning time for the small scale business venture.

This is what actually happening in our place when this particularly day is being celebrated by the Filipino to visit their beloved departed ones at the cemetery or at the memorial park. I am referring to the All Saints Day which is observed every 1st day of November and this officially declared by the government as a non-working public holiday. All agencies in the government including the private companies are giving their respective employees time to join with their family and relatives to pay a visit to their dead.

On this day, you can see a sea of people traveling to and fro. They may first visit the public cemetery and next to the memorial or the other way around. They are bringing along with them bunches or bouquet of flowers, candles, foods and drinks to offer to their dead loved ones. Some are bringing sound system to listen to the favorite songs and music of their departed parents and or grandparents. Their visit usually lasted till ten in the evening.

All Sales (Saints) Day

Small vendors are putting up their kiosks along the road near the cemetery or at the entrance of the memorial park. Their mini store is filled with different sizes of candles, styles and scents. At the public plaza pavement, there are vendors tending their flowers in a basket, in a can, in a stand, or in bunch or bouquet. Those flowers are very colorful and attractive. The price is too high for the ordinary people to buy.

This national non-working holiday has paved the way for those vendors to get a high profit. They are also paying sales tax collected by the mobile government collector. Along the road heading to the park or cemetery, you can see boys and girls selling pieces of candles to the people coming in. They enjoy it. Those youths make use of their time to earn an extra income for it is their free time. They don’t have any classes.

Halloween party is not commonly held in our place. The people aren’t used to it. If there are holding, it is only a handful of them.

All Saints Day is synonymous to all sales day for the Filipino people.


  1. Pat Z Anthony

    It is sad to think that some make their living because a person wants to remember their dead relative. On the other hand, it is nice that those feeling the need to purchase something for the cemetary visit have a way to do this.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Well, that is business. Many of us here in our country are living below the standard. In short, there are lots of poor people in the countryside. And that is the only time that they could earn a clean way of selling mementos for the dead.

  2. N Sri Naga Jyothi

    we do Indians has this custom / tradition but not Halloween parties etc., Customs or traditions are created by people and we must be happy that poor people are living on these

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is great. Traditions or customs have something worthwhile for the people especially those who have least in life to make their living happy because of such things.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Yes, it is. In fact, it is not only a tradition but our government has officially made declaration for non-working holiday.

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