All Saints’ Day

7 Nov

Yesterday was All Saints’ Day here in Finland, or Pyhäinpäivä as it is known in Finnish.  This purpose of this somber holiday is to remember those who have passed and honor the Saints. Most shops were not open yesterday because of the holiday–even the grocery store across the street from my apartment that keeps long hours was closed all day. I went to the Hietaniemi Cemetery at sunset to see all the candles on the graves.


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4 Responses to “All Saints’ Day”

  1. Tom Beidler November 8, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Great capture of the feeling. It’s hard to do with photos alone but great job on the pix and short story. Was this in Hietaniemi? Wish I would have gone!

    • hellosinki November 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

      Yes this was in the Hietaniemi cemetery. And I think that Finns light candles in this cemetery and others across Finland near Christmas time, too. It worth bearing the cold to see it!

  2. Nichole November 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    So many candles! Why is Saints Day so important in Finland? Does it have a Catholic legacy?

    • hellosinki November 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

      I’m actually not too sure why this holiday is so important, but I think it’s more about honoring loved ones that have passed than remembrance of the Saints. Not really a Catholic legacy to speak of in this country.

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