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Light at a dark time of the year

November 9, 2011

If there is one thing that compensates for the lack of light at this time of the year, it is the annual ritual of placing candles at the graves of those who have gone before us. The first Saturday of November is All Saint’s Day in Finland and it is always humbling to take a walk to the cemetery to see the candles. We had a guest (a friend of the little Miss) last Saturday, so we all went for a little walk. Dozens of people had the same idea.

I am not religious, but I do believe in respecting the memory of deceased friends and relatives in some way. Lighting candles is a perfect way to remember them.

Other big “candle days” include Independence Day (December 6) and Christmas Eve (December 24) and they’ll be here before we know it.

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