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    Festival of Lights: All Saints Day in Sagada

    A unique Sagadan tradition, aptly called the Festival of Lights, where locals honor their dead on the eve of All Saint's Day (should it really be on All Souls Day?) but instead of burning candles, they set on fire bundles of pinewood. It's simple explanation-- candles weren't available to the highlanders so they thought up of something to make up for it.

    Before the ceremonial burning of pinewood, a mass, Episcopalian that is, is celebrated, then all names of the community's departed would be named short of a roll call; I wonder how it would look like if one of those called say "present" :)

    From afar, it looked like a smoldering forest!

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    posted by GingGoy @ 6:10 PM,


    At Nov 9, 2006, 7:02:00 PM, Blogger Citizen of the World said...

    So eerie and surreal! You are so lucky to have witnessed this!

    At Nov 10, 2006, 7:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ei! We posted the same thing on halloween. Hehe.

    Great pics as always.

    At Nov 12, 2006, 7:45:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...


    At Nov 25, 2006, 12:52:00 PM, Blogger abet said...

    Tito ,

    grabe ganda ng shots ng sagada at night ...i love them all!! Hope i can take pics of it someday too..salamat po sa dalaw sa aking bahay :>

    At Aug 17, 2007, 3:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've been to Sagada but I did'nt know they have event such as that.It's so cool!KAWAII!!!!

    At Aug 17, 2007, 3:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've been to Sagada but I did'nt know they have event such as that.It's so cool!KAWAII!!!!

    At Oct 21, 2007, 10:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    this is indeed something. very haunting yet beautiful.

    At Jul 18, 2008, 7:29:00 PM, Blogger tey said...

    am not aware of sagada's fest of lights, not until i read it here, thanks a lot! lovely pixes! hope to visit sagada again, soon...

    At Aug 26, 2008, 3:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I haven't heard of Sagada's Festival of's beautiful. I miss Sagada, I love the place especially when it is still unpopular to the local tourist.

    At Mar 24, 2009, 10:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    we went to baguio once at all saint's day and we happened to pass by a cemetery and observed this. guess we were lucky.


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