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Filipinos abroad have internet options for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day

Filipinos who live outside the country can offer Masses and prayers for their dead relatives on All Souls’ Day through the internet.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines revived a ‘virtual cemetery’, which was first launched in 2011, in time for this year’s observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, report ucanews.com.

The observance of ‘Undas’, or Day of the Dead, is a major family affair in the Philippines.

Nearly everyone in this predominantly Catholic country goes to a cemetery on 1st and 2nd November, public holidays to mark All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Tombs are cleaned and repainted, candles are lit and flowers are offered. Traditionally, Filipino families spend a night or two in the cemetery near their relatives’ tombs, playing card games, eating, even drinking, singing and dancing.

Picture: This is a screen grab from ‘virtual cemetery’, run by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, revived for this year’s observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, 1st and 2nd November. (CNS photo/Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines).