Celebrating the All Soul’s Day in the Philippines has been a tradition since the Spaniards occupied the country. I remember when I was a young girl, my parents prepare special foods the day of November 1st. We set aside a portion of each cooked food, placed them in bowls, and put them on the altar. It was believed that souls will visit and ‘smell’ the food. Then on that evening elders, joined by youngsters, offer prayers to God to save the souls of the dearly departed.
When I was growing up, celebrating All Soul’s Day in the province was solemn. And on the next day, the people go to the cemeteries (where their deceased beloved were rested) to visit and pray for peaceful rest. November 1st is a National Holiday. But October 31 to November 2 was was named a Traditional Holiday in the Philippines.
First of all, my husband and I agreed we will not take our little girl on trick or treat Monday night. We will just stay at home and give treats to the visitors. Our baby wore the Halloween outfit I bought online. And she looked really cute! When we got back from the Halloween photo session at a nearby neighborhood, the plan was changed.
Baby got curious of what was going on. We know how she loves to go outdoors so much. She got excited when we opened the door to the first visitor (a young girl in a fairy costume) and gave out some candies. When the girl left and I had the door closed, my baby squirmed and began to cry. Then she would not let me put her down. She cried and got upset. So I asked my husband’s permission to take baby out for trick or treat. I put my baby girl in her forward-facing stroller and headed out. We knocked on the neighbors’ doors (those who only had their front porch lights on). Trick or treat!
After visiting a couple of neighbors, we came home with lots of treats in her pumpkin bucket. She felt better and happy.
Taking inventory of her treats 🙂