Memories by candlelight: observing all saints day

November 3, 2012

in Life as an expat,Living in Sweden,Stockholm holidays,Sweden

alla helgons dag

In the graveyard of Maria Magdalena church in Södermalm.

As dusk fell tonight, we stopped by a cemetery. Today was alla helgons dag or all saints day and all over Sweden, people go to the cemetery as daylight fades to honor the dead with candles, wreaths and flowers. Unlike two years ago when we went to the huge Woodland Cemetery  just outside of the center of town, this year we stopped by a small churchyard in Södermalm. People were just starting to come into the cemetery to pay their respects. We stopped and reminisced about Robert’s Dad and savored the relative quiet of this cemetery in the center of town.

alla helgons dag

Inside the Maria Magdalena church.

alla helgons dag

Graveside candles.

alla helgons dag

A wall of candles.

 

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