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typical November

600_0848_wYou might wonder, what I mean, when I say “typical November”. Here in the northern hemisphere November means summer is definitely over, but winter hasn’t already started although up in the mountains they already fight against the snow.
November usually is quite cold, wet and windy, even stormy.
November is also the month with many memorial days dedicated to the past away or dead people.
– November 1st is dedicated to all saints (from the view of the catholic church)
– November 2nd is dedicated to all death people (All Souls Day)
– 2nd Sunday before 1st Advent we have people’s mourning day to remember all the soldiers of the World Wars and those who died due to the violence of an oppressive government.
– Sunday before 1st Advent we have Sunday of the Dead, also called Eternity Sunday. It’s also the last Sunday of the Christian or Church year. This protestant memorial day is similar to the catholic All Souls Day.

Are these or similar holidays common, where you live? Drop me a note in the comments area and tell us about.

As a long time reader you might remember, that I already showed photos taken in Paris and in Havana and explained, how interesting a visit on a cemetery in a foreign country is. And that I proposed to show photos taken on a German cemetery. So, here they are.

Usually German cemeteries are designed like parks. You can find big monuments, bone houses or ossuaries only on old cemeteries. While most cemeteries allow tombstones, others allow only small name plates or wooden crosses. Sometimes this is also on different parts of a single cemetery. Small plants and flowers are on the graves, bigger bushes separate between the graves, which are rented for usually 30 years. Sometimes the time is prolonged, when the second spouse dies.

In recent years more and more people don’t want to burden the gardening to their descendants and decide to get burnt instead of getting buried. So, more and more columbaria can be found or urnfields. An other kind of cemetery is to define a forest to be a cemetery. Here you don’t find graves, but the ashes will be littered under the trees, just like while a funeral  the ocean.

You can also see in my photos, that some graves are in good shape, others look shabby. That’s, because more and more people have to move for their work and don’t live in the area, where their parents are buried. So, often there is no one to take care for the graves. Or they are physically unable to do the work and subscribing to a gardening service is quite expensive. In case, the cemetery administration finds a bedraggled grave, they put a small sign on it (you can see one in my attached photos), saying the legitimate has to come in contact to the administration for some reason. These are some of the main reasons for many people to decided for columbaria or a Friedwald, a combination of Friedhof  (cemetery) and Wald (forest).

Nevertheless, I hope you are well and enjoy your life.

So, live long an prosper!

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5 thoughts on “typical November”

  1. Thank you for the interesting post. Here in upper rural South Africa graveyards are not kept in good state and wild grass and flowers covers the graves.

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