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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

All Hallows eve


                                My vigil lights for all saints eve..  Remembering all souls departed.
 Today my parents were in my heart.. I think of them often . I will fill my home with flowers tomorrow.  Thinking of also dear friends and family . My candles will be lit all through the night. and tomorrow.
                           
                            Hallows eve, has always been simple in our home. Remembering the dead and   Attending mass on 1st of november.

All saints Nov 1st
All soul's November 2..

                                                  Let peace and love into your heart. Light your candle and remember..all who have gone before us.  Its a day to celebrate the time they spent with us in our lives. The eve of the dead. They bring us goodness and somewhere within our thoughts , thinking of them . Peace will come upon us.
                                                                           Val

34 comments:

  1. Sending 'twinkles and light' to you dear Val.
    You always leave the kindest words and good wishes.
    You seemed to have travelled far and away Val and how wonderful that you have lived in Africa.
    Your dear Dad sounded very special too!
    Blessings Maria x

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    1. Thank you Maria,
      I have been blessed with my life Maria.
      My parents were far sighted people with pioneer ideas. loved to travel.

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  2. I love your sentiments and your photos Val. Please make sure that your candles are very safe if you leave them lit all night. Your arrangement is so lovely with the pomegranates, flowers, and candles.

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  3. I too love your sentiments and arrangement.
    Sarah x

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  4. Thank you dear Rosemary.
    I will just keep my vigil candle burning. I will be watching it. These last few months my dear parents have been so much on my mind. I do miss them awfully .. They deserve my candle and vigil tonight.
    Strong Irish catholic upbringing ..
    A peaceful eve to you and all.. val

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to your parents, Val and others who are with them. Realize how much they love and watch over you...:)JP

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    1. Thank you JP.. I miss them so much. I do believe they are watching over me ..
      xxxx

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  6. my mother always had us remember all saint's day.

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    1. Thank you Tex..
      All saints is very special..
      wishing you a blessed peaceful hallows eve

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  7. That night keep them in your heart and mind . The composition is very beautiful with the roses and candles. When we lose our parents I think that leaves a part of our lives...
    Have a nice night
    Olympia

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    1. Dear Olympia,
      thank you for you comments.. I lost my parents many years ago.. also good friends and other family members.. Tonight we remember them..
      xxxx val

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  8. Lovely post Val

    I too have candles lighting for loved ones who have left this world.

    Feeling a bit sad tonight.

    Take care of yourself

    x Fiona

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    1. I know just how you feel Fiona.
      Thinking of our family gone.. is very sad and I wish especially that my mum and dad were with me.
      god bless ..have a peaceful night.. will be thinking of you
      val

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  9. Hello Val:
    these are touching sentiments which we share. This is a time of year which is taken very seriously in Hungary too and we very much enjoy the time for quiet reflection that this gives.

    Your arrangement looks wonderful and is a perfect way to remember those who have died and yet who will always be held close. We too shall light candles of remembrance.

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    1. Tonight is a time for reflection . to remember the dead and all who have gone before us.
      For me and my family, its always been serious as it is for yourselves there too.
      My lights are off and all is quiet. Peace is within.
      I hold dear to my heart my dear mother and father who passed away some many years ago. They are with me in thought.
      a peaceful hallows eve dear Jane and Lance
      god bless

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  10. Honouring the ancestors is the most important thing about Samhain, I, too, am remembering my parents as well as friends and relatives who are no longer here.

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    1. So agree with you Rowan.
      will be thinking of you and your parents and family
      thank you ..this is a special few days.

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  11. That was beautiful and very moving, Val... Tomorrow I shall be lighting candles, especially for my dear mum and dad. The beautiful thing is that it still feels like they are amongst us. Could this be what immortality is about... continuing to be alive inside the hearts and sould of those who loved us?

    Sorry, I'm not wearing my glasses, Val,,, can't really see what I'm writing, but I know what I read and it was lovely...

    Goodnight, special lady!

    HUGS

    ANNA
    xx

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    1. thank you Anna.
      My candle is lit .. 1st of November.
      today I am going to the fair. Its the Annual fair on the 1st November..
      I feel that what you say is true.. it could be immortality.. I feel my parents often are with me.and i feel comfortable and cosy and protected. Life is strange.
      xx

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  12. Dear Val your arrangement of candles and flowers is very special. Thank you for reminding me today is All Saints Day; I will light a candle for our mothers this morning. It is a lovely tradition.

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    1. wishing you a happy 1st of November Patricia.
      My candle is still burning.
      the fair is here today.. its a holy holiday

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    1. It was peaceful and calm.. thank you Sandie.
      its the fair today.

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  14. What a lovely way to celebrate.
    Here it's all costumes and candy. :(

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    1. For the children its fun.
      It's not practiced here in Portugal.
      Its the fair today and there will be lots of sweets and goodies for the children.

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  15. The original meaning of this day is sometimes lost in the celebration of the children. Your photos are lovely.

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    1. Hello Pondside,
      With children sometimes lots gets left by the wayside.

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  16. Thankyou for sharing the true meaning of this special time and I am just adoring your simple arrangements. Simplicity is also so classic and beautiful. happy Halloween Val. Kindest Regards - Shell , A Darlings Nest

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    1. Thank you shell, we cannot forget what its all about.
      I grew up with it. My grandchildren used to sometimes dress up.

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  17. All saints Day is a public holiday today in Italy and spent especially remebering our deceased loved ones.

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    1. It's a public holiday too here Lindy.
      The fair is here today.
      I think its a holiday in most catholic countries.

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  18. Thank you for sharing this Val. The true meaning seems to get lost with all the hype about Halloween. Love your photos
    Patricia x

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  19. Hello Val

    A beautiful tribute to your parents and loved ones who have departed.
    In the west of Ireland, on retiring to bed, it was common to leave food and drinks on the table and to also keep the fire lit and the door unlocked. It was an invitation for our ancestors to return if they wished and the table and fire a symbol of our welcome. In the morning we would gather around the hearth and check see if we found any strange footsteps. Of course imaginations ran wild. I believe this traditions dates back to the Celts.

    Blessings on your home

    Helen xx

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