How Filipinos Celebrate All Souls Day

In the Philippines, November 1 is considered All Saints Day or Undas and November 2 is All Souls Day but both days are considered an occasion to pay respect to our departed loved ones.

This is a solemn occasion but just like most parts of the world celebrating Halloween, it is still celebrated with as much fervor as fun, Philippine fiestas. There are many rituals and activities involved in this annual observance as this is also an occasion for families to get together.

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Fascinating Facts About Halloween

Have you ever wondered how the tradition of Halloween started? Today’s Halloween celebrations is a merging of many different past traditions which may not necessarily be scary or associated with the dead.

While most people see this tradition as a special occasion to spend time with family and friends, some people have samhainophobia or a fear of Halloween. Let’s hope you aren’t fearful of Halloween so you can learn some fascinating facts about this annual observance.

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Why You Should Tithe and Give

The concept of sharing our blessings is a teaching that we often hear as children. Sadly, we do not practice this very much as we grow older and we don’t often encounter such generosity from other people either. This is mostly due to financial reasons but also due to having a poverty mindset.

In fact, generosity in the form of a “tithe” or a giving fund should be a habit and should be part of our monthly budget. Here are some reasons why we should develop and maintain the practice of tithing.

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10 Ways to Help You Work Through Grief

Grief is a journey that you go through as a natural response to the death of something or someone significant in your life. This journey involves going through a roller coaster of emotions – from shock, anger, guilt, denial, sadness, fear – all of which can be overwhelming. Going through grief also affects your physical health. Most people find it difficult to sleep, eat or even think about other things aside from their loss.

Going through a period of grief can be an intense experience which means that taking of yourself while on this journey is even more important. There are ways to help you work through your grief while being able to live your life as normally as possible.

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Why We Should Stop Saying “I’m Sorry for Your Loss” and What to Say Instead

Grief is always a complicated process and its effects are different for each individual. Consoling someone in grief is also a delicate situation and saying “I’m sorry for your loss” doesn’t really help that much to alleviate the person’s pain.

There are reasons for not saying this phrase to a grieving person and some suggestions on what to say instead.

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Notre Dame Cathedral

On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in helpless horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed with flames. It was undergoing a restoration work when the fire broke out. Although the Cathedral was not totally destroyed, its wooden roof was totally burned together with much of its interiors. After the fire, unprecedented amount of donations poured in not just from France but from around the world to help reconstruct the Cathedral.

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Visita Iglesia in Laguna: A Glimpse of History

For Christians, Holy week is supposed to be a time to reconnect with God by reflecting on the life and sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. Unfortunately in the Philippines, Holy Week had become synonymous to a chance to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life because of the long holiday. Well, there is nothing wrong with having fun as long as we remember the essence of Holy Week.

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