In the Philippines, All Souls’ Day, locally known as “Undas” or “Araw ng mga Patay,” is a significant occasion when families come together to remember and honor their departed loved ones. Beyond the solemnity, it also steeped in rich superstitions and traditions during All Souls’ Day that add depth and cultural significance to the way Filipinos commemorate the dead.

1. Lighting Candles

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One of the most common superstitions and traditions during All Souls’ Day is the practice of lighting candles. Families visit cemeteries to clean and decorate the graves of their departed relatives. It is believed that lighting candles on these graves not only helps guide the spirits but also illuminates their path to the afterlife. Some also believe that the number of candles lit can signify various things, such as the length of time a person will stay in purgatory or the intensity of one’s prayers.

2. Flower Offering

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Aside from candle lighting, offering flowers to graves of a deceased loved ones is one of the traditions in the Philippines during All Souls’ Day. Flower offerings is very common to those family members who died less than a year on the day of All Souls’ Day. They believed that offering flowers to a deceased loved ones is a sign of commemorating that they also live a colorful life before thay died and may live a more colorful in the afterlife.

3. Offering Food and Drinks

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Another prevalent superstition is the offering of food and drinks to the departed. Families often bring the deceased’s favorite meals, snacks, and drinks to the cemetery. This gesture is thought to nourish the souls and provide them with sustenance in the afterlife. Some even set up elaborate feasts on the gravesites, showcasing the Filipino value of hospitality even in death.

4. Mass Offering

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One of the most common traditions in the Philippines during All Souls’ Day is to offer a mass to a deceased person or family members. They believed that offering a mass to a deceased person is one way of praying them to pass the purgatory to heaven. It is believed that mass offering is showing help and prayers to souls of those departed loved ones.

All Souls’ Day in the Philippines is a blend of solemn remembrance and rich superstitions and traditions. While the country’s customs have evolved over time, these beliefs continue to play an essential role in the way Filipinos honor their departed loved ones. These superstitions serve as a reminder of the deep cultural and spiritual connection Filipinos have with their ancestors and the afterlife, making All Souls’ Day a unique and cherished holiday in the Philippines.