By Ana Maria Gonzalez
Catholic Latin America is not the only one that commemorates its deceased in early November. At the other side of the American continent, of the 31 October at the 2 of November, Southeast residents Stockholm also attend Skogskyrkogården to visit their dead.
According to the Swedish Christian Church; Celtic tradition celebrates the harvest festival and the New Year on 31 October «Samhain», the same date that Halloween is celebrated.
Samhain is the festival of origin Celtic most important of the pagan period in Europe until his conversion to Christianity, in which the night of 31 October al 1 of November served as a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Celtic culture and was regarded as the “Celtic New Year”, that began with the dark season.
Is so much, a transition party (the passage from one year to another) as opening to the other world. Its etymology is Gaelic and means “end of summer”. The Celts believed that the border between the world of the living and the dead was very thin.
Christian celebrations between October and November date back to the end of the 9th century. After the monk Odilón de Cluny instituted the festival of All Souls' Day the 2 November of each year. As with the Celts, this was in christianity a day when the dead would be commemorated.
Over a thousand years later, hundreds of people travel to Stockholm and make the pilgrimage to Skogskyrkogården to commemorate their dead.
Nowadays, more of 50 a thousand people attend in the darkness of November with their funeral candles shining among the pines at Skogskyrkogården Cemetery, Tyresö and Estocolmo, Sweden to remember or pray to loved ones who are no longer with us.