All Saint's Day observances have commenced in the Philippines with candles and cemeteries. Families have been sprucing up the tombs of family members, in cemeteries which are often comprised of multi-level crypts.
The predominantly Catholic country celebrates All Saint's Day on November 1, which is a day to honor all saints who do not have their own specific feast. It is also a time to reflect on mortality and honor those who have already passed.
Take a look inside the holiday with these incredible photographs of All Saint's Day:
A shadow of a person falls on a tombstone at a public cemetery for All Saint's Day on October 31, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. As the largest Catholic nation in Asia, All Saint's Day allows Filipinos to visit the family cemeteries for overnight and weekend vigils. They bring candles and flowers and pay respect to departed loved ones. Offices and schools close as the usually silent graveyards become a party with food and music.
Children light candles at a public cemetery for All Saint's Day on October 31, 2013 in Manila, Philippines.
A boy hops from a cluster of crypts to another which are spruced up for the observance of All Saints' Day at a public cemetery at Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines Thursday Oct. 31, 2013. Traditionally, Christians visit cemeteries and memorial parks to offer prayers every Nov. 1 to pay tribute to their departed loved ones.
Families clean the tombs of their departed loved ones ahead of All Saints' Day tomorrow on October 31, 2013 in Cotabato City, Philippines.
A Filipino girl is carried through layers of crypts during their visit at a hillside Barangka public cemetery in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
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