Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hingedepäev / All Souls' Day

Today is All Souls' Day or 'Hingedepäev' in Estonian. It is said to be the day where the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead is thin. I quite like the spirit of this day as we pay tribute to our ancestors, visit the cemetery and light candles in their honour. For dinner, the tradition is to place an extra plate of food on the table in the hope that the deceased will be drawn near.

Some people also place candles on their windowsills to guide the spirits home.