One little candle

Every time I see a lighted candle, I am always reminded of this song entitled One Little Candle. We still sing it during masses  now and then.

♫♪♫It is better to light just one little candle
Than to stumble in the dark.
Better far that you light just one little candle,
All you need is a tiny spark.
If we’d all say a prayer that the world would be free,
A wonderful dawn of a new day we’d see…
And if everyone lit just one little candle,
What a bright world this would be♫♪♫

Have you ever watched a flickering candle and thought of so many things?  Tomorrow, we celebrate All Saints Day here and it happens to be a Sunday which is a blessing. It’s been my mom’s tradition that every year that we celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day, we offer masses for our dear departed and pray the rosary specifically for them.  We make an offering at the altar, a complete meal sometimes and let the candles burn overnight near our front door. The following day, mom buries the food in one corner of the garden as soon as she wakes up and say a prayer that the saints and our dear relatives would keep watch over us.

In our province in Pangasinan, mom would invite neighbors to pray the rosary with them then prepare simple snacks (mostly coffee and rice cakes or bread) that they would share after prayers. I have continued the tradition, the only difference is, the ritual is just within our home with family members participating or whoever is available to pray with us. I usually buy kakanin and cook pasta or pancit.  The thing is, you should not taste those snacks set on the table until after you have finished praying.

Josef and I attended anticipated mass tonight because early tomorrow we would go to the wet market to buy ingredients for the two occasions that we are celebrating.  All Saints and All Souls days used to be  regular holidays in the Philippines and I think they are commemorated by every Catholic worldwide but for the past few years, November 2 is now taken off the holiday calendar..  All our departed close relatives were  buried in the province so I just make time to visit the cemetery whenever I get the chance to go home.

Do you celebrate Halloween? Do your kids look forward to trick or treating? What’s with the pumpkin?


About arlene

And here I thought it would be easy to create and start another blog. Starting all over again but that is the challenge of blogging. This is a continuation of my other blog called Dreams and Escapes. It is still a work in progress...

Posted on October 31, 2015, in Halloween 2015, life, thoughts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Your celebration of tradition sounds as if it brings you great comfort, and recollections of family too. I hope that you all enjoy your prayers, and the special meal that follows.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • We had it early Pete. I made pork sinigang (my Dad’s favorite when he was still with us) and ginatan, a mixture of banana saba, sweet potato, ube ( a root crop too) gabi, malagkit rice flour formed into small balls, purple yam cooked in coconut cream with just the right amount of sugar. Sorry for the local words, I could not find any translation that would fit, except for the banana, most of them are root crops.


  2. it is a beautiful tradition back home, Arlene 🙂 here, we’re pretty much on our own praying and honoring our dearly departed.
    here, halloween is pretty much for the kids. friday, they’re were up for halloween in school so that was a lot of fun though it rained all day saturday so the trick or treat part was wet and not so much fun!

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