Undas: A Celebration Of Life
We do it every year, but do you know why?
Undas happens during All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). During these dates, we commemorate our passed loved ones’ memories. It is a time to pray for their souls, believing it will help them reach heaven. As the years progressed, Undas has become a celebration of life.
Instead of their ghosts visiting us, we pay our respect by visiting their graves. The family offers a prayer for their souls, helping them move on to the next life.
The Ultimate Bonding Experience
This is also the time families get together. You will see them gathering next to their loved one’s gravestone. In this moment, family members catch up and reminisce the times they spent with their loved ones. You will hear countless jokes, fondest memories of the dead, the stories of the elders about their youth, and the scary stories that haunt children at night.
Concessionaires take the opportunity to sell their food in cemeteries during Undas. But what’s more memorable is the home-cooked meals the elders prepare for the whole family. Adobo, Pork Barbecue, Fried Chicken, Sopas, and Arroz Caldo have become some of the family favorites during Undas.
Protecting their souls
During Undas, atang is offered to the dead to ward off evil spirits. You see this on their tombstones. Lighting a candle at night for the departed loved ones is believed to guide their souls towards the light.
Undas is something many Filipinos have associated with haunted nights. However, we must remember that this is the time we celebrate the lives of the people we’ve lost in the past.
Missing out on this holiday because you’re far away? You can find a way to feel like you’re there. Send food for your loved ones to enjoy during the Undas by clicking here.
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