As the clocks go back and the nights draw in; remembrance of the dead feature in many celebrations across the world. From Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night in North America and England, to Dias de Los Muertos in Mexico and Cheung Yeung in China.
The idea of honouring the dead has ancient roots, the Celts believed that Samhain – which is a fire festival marking the end of the harvest, was when the boundaries between the worlds are at their weakest and the dead spirits could return to earth.
Christians celebrate All Hallow’s day sometimes known as All Saints Day or All Soul’s Day where every soul that has not achieved sainthood is prayed for and remembered. (more…)