As Flowers Bloom and Cemeteries Cleaned, Marikina Is All Set for All Saints’ Day
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Flowers are blooming on the stalls along McDonald’s Avenue corner Chanyungco Street, where the Marikina City Flower Shops are now located, while cemeteries have been cleaned and cleared of any obstructions as the city is all set for the celebration of the All Saints’ Day on November 1.
The new location of the Marikina City Flower Shops is much better, more orderly than its previous one across the Sports Center, promising better business for the vendors who will no doubt be very busy in the next few days as Marikeños troop to cemeteries to visit their departed relatives and friends with flowers on their hands.
Yesterday, officials and employees of the Local Government of Marikina visited the city’s cemeteries – Our Lady of the Abandoned, Barangka Municipal Cemetery, Loyola Memorial Park, Aglipay Cemetery and the Holy Child Memorial Park – to make sure that these holy places are all clean, orderly, safe and ready for the thousands of visitors who will pay their respects to their dead loved ones next week.
Mayor Marcy Teodoro has strict orders to ensure that Marikina City is well-prepared for the celebration of the All Saints’ Day, a special public holiday, and known as "Undas" in Filipino.
“Minsan lang sa isang taon dadagsa ang ating mga kababayan sa mga sementeryo para magbigay galang sa kanilang mga yumaong minamahal, pagbastaan na natin ito,” Mayor Marcy told the employees of City Hall.
City Hall has been preparing for "Undas" a month before November 1. Employees have cleaned and cleared cemeteries, fixed flower shops, implemented safety measures and announced a traffic rerouting plan for Marikina, particularly on the streets near cemeteries.
All Saints' Day is a celebration of Christian saints and is a day for remembering the Filipinos’ departed family members, relatives and friends by visiting their graves and bringing along flowers, candles and food. Prayers and holy masses are also held in remembrance of the departed loved ones.
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