All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day in the West Indies is all about preparation. From October onwards, families get organized to clean the family graves.

For years, young "jdobeurs" (people offering a service in exchange for cash) have been going around cemeteries to offer their services to families in return for payment.

November 1st and 2nd are public holidays in the West Indies. On the 1st, the Catholic faithful go to church to attend the Mass of All Saints. On both evenings, they gather as a family around the family graves, which they have previously flowered and lit with candles, recalling memories with the departed.

It's often the occasion of the year for families to get together, with members of several generations present, all in illuminated cemeteries.

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