|Carving pumpkins after church provided |
great fun and time for fellowship
Many people have been wondering if and how Hungarians celebrate Halloween. For the most part, it is nothing similar to what occurs in the USA. Over the past few years Western themes surrounding Halloween have trickled over to communities in Hungary, mostly surrounding the pumpkin. But other than that, the focus this time of year is far from scary stories, candy, and costuming.
|Families light candles and place flowers on the|
graves of their loved ones on All Saints' Day
Instead, Hungarians recognize All Saints' Day. Families travel back to hometowns and visit the cemeteries where their lost loved ones lay. Each memorial is lit with flickering candles and garnished with beautiful flowers. The red and white candles light up acres and acres of families gathered around tombstones. After nightfall it is not the least bit spooky, but actually quite beautiful.
I joined in this tradition and celebration with my host family. Walking through the cemetery was like wandering through a labyrinth of graves. It provided a time of reflection for me. First, I became aware of how immensely grateful I am for the relatives in my life. And second, I began to remember all of the people who passed away this year that were close loved ones to some of my family or friends. It was quite peaceful to think and reflect on them, and celebrate them as Saints in my life.
|Mr. Jacob Smit|
|Mrs. Leigh Cooper Wallace|
|Mrs. Marilyn Lynnette Bolt Hazel|
|Mr. Charles Hazel|
|Mrs. Erma Moeller Kreitzinger|