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by royce tan
Remembering loved ones: People standing in prayer at a grave in the Western Road Cemetery in Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: Hundreds of Catholic families took advantage of the public holiday to visit the graves of their relatives and friends at the Western Road Christian Cemetery on Jalan Utama to mark All Souls’ Day.
After sprucing up the graves, they lit candles and placed flowers on them before reciting prayers.
The entrance to the cemetery was a hive of activity as many people stopped to purchase flowers from makeshift stalls.
Penang Municipal Council worker S. Kolandasamy, 50, said All Souls’ Day was a major family gathering for his siblings.
“My brothers Kavarivell, 52, Francis, 49, Arulthu, 44, and sister Ngyanm, 47, will gather here every year around 10am to clean our parents’ graves before laying a bed of flowers over them.”
Further down the cemetery, security personnel Cecil Fernandez, 57, and relatives were seen reciting prayers at his daughter’s grave.
“My eldest daughter Linda Fernandez died in a road accident three years ago. We hope that our prayers during All Souls’ Day every year will help her rest in peace.”
All Souls’ Day, also known as the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed, is observed principally by the Catholic Church.
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