Tuesday, October 30, 2007

All Saints' Day......

Wow, it's another trick or treating day tomorrow. My little one is very excited about it. Actually, she's always excited if there's any markings on the calendar thus giving her hints that there's something going on somewhere. She even pointed out something on the calendar to her Dad earlier about a 'holiday' in Canada. She's that excited about all these things.

Anyway, halloween is just the start of a special ocassion we observe in the Philippines....All Saint Day. I used to be very excited about All Saints Day, Araw ng mga Santo or Undas for others. We didn't do the trick or treating thing when I was growing up. It was a "never heard of" thing for us probinsyanas. Actually, I just heard about halloween or trick or treating from my college friends... I think. Even then it was not a big thing. The only thing we were waiting for then was All Saints Day.

My reasons for being excited about All Saints Day differed as I was growing up. When I was younger, elementary years, my friends and I would do the rounds in the cemetery and would collect candle drippings. We made candle balls out of the drippings. It was really fun trying to beat playmates to those big piles of candle drippings. At the end of the day, at night actually, we would compare the sizes of our candle balls. High school was a different story, it bacame a meet up. We would pay our respects to our dearly departed then we would stay in one spot where everyone would chat. College was even more exciting for us former high school classmates. Since we were living separate lives already and we would only see each other once in a while, All Saints Day was probably the best meeting time. It's a holiday for all in the Philippines and there's really no need to stay at home to bond with family. Everyone is out paying respects to loved ones who are gone. So after lighting a candle and saying a prayer, we would go around looking for former high school friends/classmates. We would end up in some friends' house chatting. I miss that...very much.

Oh, All Saints Day is extra special to me personally because it's Juliana's Day...yep, I was born on November 1. I always liked my birthday. Imagine all those candles being lit. It's always a holiday and I always get 1 peso from my Tatang. I will be turning a year wiser come All Saints Day. I know a lot of people will think of me on that day as I will be thinking of the two people who are the reasons for my very existence. I won't be able to hear them say Happy Birthday to me but I know they're looking at me from up there wishing me the very best birthday I can possbly have.

How I wish I can go back to those days where my only worry was where to find candle drippings to make my candle ball.....and to hear the 2 people that never forget to greet me on my birthday....but such is life so I won't let it dampen my spirit cause I know my little one expects me to be happy on my birthday.

6 comments:

Merydith said...

Halloo.. I am so excited for you at nakapasok ka na din sa Sponsored reviews. Pretty soon you will be one of us sa PPP. Keep it going. Ako din excited ako kay Frankie. He will be a puppy. Salamat sa walang sawa na bisita kahit na wala akong time bumisata minsan. Take Care!!!

Marie Grace said...

hubby will not be home until 11PM tomorrow since it's their monthly meeting and inventory so we decided that we will go to Walmart right now to buy some candies for the kids who will do trick & treat tomorrow night. It's almost 11PM right now. Aga namin mang-balbal don. hehehe.. anyway, pwede kayong mag drop by dito sa amin bukas for the trick & treat...hehehe...sana ganoon lang kalapit..

""rare jonRez"" said...

oh dear... happy birthday to u!!! nov 1 is a memorable day to me too. it's my cousin's birthay, it's my friend's birthday, and it's my father's death anniversary... can you believe that? ahh... i am missing my father rigt now.. he has been long gone for 9 years come nov 1st. i was only 3rd year high school then. nakaka-miss!!! lalo na ngayon may apo na sana sya galing sa akin! hehehe...

cge.. happy birthday ulit Jul.. may God bless you with things that matter..

My World said...

hey tukayo, maligayang kaarawan! hope you'll enjoy your day.

aga mong bumisita talaga. happy trick or treating tonight. ingat lang.

saan ang party? Cheers!

~juliana

Roselle said...

Undas... never heard of that word in a while.. tama ka po di naman uso dati sa atin yang trick or treat na yan (sa mga mayayaman lang)... mga bata kinokolekta lang mga drippings ng kandila at isa ka pala sa mga salarin eheheh tapos usually sa amin dati, dinadala yan sa school tapos ginagamit sa pagpapakintab ng floors parang floor wax :)Anyways,
MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN PO!!!! Enjoy your day!

Daily Zen Etc said...

Juliana, Ka birthday mo ni Nova diay. Happy Birthday! Salamat sa visits every day. Loyal kaayo ka ba. Take care and God bless! :)

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