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Ang Undas Sa Pilipinas

Ang undas ay isang napakalaking selebrasyon sa Pilipinas na pinaghahandaan ng bawat Pilipino taon taon.  Ang okasyong ito ay nagsisimula sa ika-una at pangalawang araw ng Nobyembre.  Bukod sa Undas, ang okasyong ito’y tinatawag din na Todos Los Santos, Araw ng mga kaluluwa, Araw ng mga patay, at araw ng mga Santo.  Ngunit kahit ano pa man ang tawag ng mga tao dito, ang kanilang pag gunita at paghahanda ay hindi nagbabago.  Ang pag-gunita sa kanilang mga yumaong mahal sa buhay ay nagaganap sa pamamagitan ng pagluluto at pag-aalay ng mga paboritong pagkain sa puntod ng yumao, pag-aalay ng mga bulaklak, padasal, at paglilinis ng paligid nito.

Ang isa pang pinakaaabangan ng lahat tuwing sasapit ang Undas ay ang pagkikita-kita ng mga kaibigan at mga kamag-anak sa sementeryo kung saan ang lahat halos ng mga Pilipino saan mang sulok ng bansa ay umuuwi sa kani-kanilang mga probinsya  para lamang mabisita ang kanilang mga namatay na kamag-anak sa sementeryo. Ang pista ng mga patay ay nagsisilbing tulay na rin para magkatipon-tipon ang mga kamag-anak at mga kaibigan, mga kapamilya at magkakaroon ng pagkakataong makapiling ang mga mahal sa buhay na nakadestino sa malayong lugar.  Kadalasan, pagkatapos ng misa at padasal, merong kainan at inuman, kasama na rin ang konting sugal katulad ng mah jong, tong-its, pusoy at kung ano ano pang libangan at pampalipas oras habang nakatambay sa sementeryo na minsan ay inaabot ng hatinggabi at magdamag.  Ang iba naman ay meron pang sound system sa sementeryo, minsan nag vivideoke, kwentuhan lalo na’t nakakatakot ang pinag-uusapan na syang paborito ng mga kabataan.  Imbes na malungkot at matahimik na okasyon, nagkakasiyahan ang lahat dahil sa bukod sa mga kamag-anak na kasama, meron pang kainan at kasiyahan na dala ang okasyon habang nasa tabi ng puntod ng yumaong ama, ina, at iba pang mahal sa buhay na pumanaw na. Yan ang undas para sa pinoy.

Bukod sa mga paboritong pagkain na dala dala ng mga kamag-anak sa sementeryo sari-saring mga negosyo ang nagsusulputan sa sementeryo tuwing undas at syempre pa, dahil matao sa sementeryo patok ang negosyo sa loob ng dalawa o tatlong araw.  Mapa bulaklak man, kandila, pamisa, padasal, palinis at kung ano ano pang pagkakakitaan  ay matatagpuan kahit saan.  Pagsapit ng gabi ng undas, ang bawat kabahayan ay personal na nag-aalay din ng pagkain at padasal, paglalagay ng kandila bulaklak sa altar kung saan ang lahat ay iniaalay sa mga santo at kaluluwa.  Kadalasan, mga minatamis at mga kakanin katulad ng suman, sapin-sapin, bibingka, palitaw, ginataan, at puto ang mga hain, at syempre, hindi mawawala ang paboritong pagkain ng yumao.  Ayon sa pamahiin, dadalawin ka ng kaluluwa pag nakalimutan mong mag-alay ng pagkain sa gabi ng undas.  Kumbaga, mahirap man o mayaman, kahit gaano man karami ang nabago sa mga mamayan, ang kanilang pag gunita sa araw ng Undas ay hindi kumukupas.  Kahit saan man sila magpunta at saan mang sulok ng mundo dalhin ng kapalaran, hahanap hanapin pa rin ang kinagisnang kaugalian at ang masasayang alala na dulot ng Undas sa Pilipinas.

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In United States, Halloween is now the second most popular holiday (after Christmas) for decorating. The sale of candy and costumes is extremely common during the holiday, which is marketed to children and adults alike. Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which includes trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. Trick-or-treating may often end by early evening, but the nightlife thrives in many urban areas. Halloween costume parties provide an opportunity for adults to gather and socialize. Urban bars are frequented by people wearing Halloween masks and weird or scary costumes. Many bars and restaurants hold costume contests to attract customers. Haunted houses are also popular in some areas. Those living in the country hold Halloween parties, often with bonfires, with the celebrants passing between them. The parties usually involve traditional games like bobbing for apples, searching for candy, haunted hayrides often accompanied by scary stories, and costumed people hiding in the dark to jump out and scare the riders, and treats like a bag of candy and/or homemade treats. Scary movies may also be viewed. New York City hosts the United States’ largest Halloween celebration, known as The Village Halloween Parade. The evening parade now attracts over two million spectators and participants, as well as roughly four million television viewers annually.

In Philippines, halloween is not a public holiday and not celebrated in a nationwide scale. It just precedes  All Souls Day and All Saints Day (Nov.1 & 2) which is a Filipino tradition. It is not surprising that Filipinos adapted the Haloween tradition (from the west of course), and celebrate it as well. A lot of people go home to their respective home province as early as October of each year to prepare for the solemn Holiday known as Undas or All Souls Day and All Saints Day. Due to the strong Catholic background, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 are spent remembering the dead loved ones and these dates will usually find them in one place only: the cemetery or the memorial park. This is a hub on how the Filipinos celebrate their Halloween. No, they don’t celebrate it with pumpkins or trick-or-treats. They celebrate it through candles, flowers, prayers, and of course, food and a visit to the cemetery. People from the capital and other places in the Philippines go back to their hometowns to visit their dead loved ones. During these days, airports are packed, so are the ships and the buses. For Filipinos, spending Halloween in the cemeteries is a fun event. It’s like a mini-reunion for families and friends alike, a chance to have fellowship with those people that they see only once a year (only on Nov. 1 and 2 of each year). Tents, shelters, chairs and tables are set up in front of the grave sites to provide a place where the family and their visitors can stay and talk. Radios, mp3s, CD players, musical instruments, karaoke and the like are present to provide music, singing and entertainment. Board games, playing cards, play stations are present. Best of all, food and drinks are overflowing during this time, with families bringing in baskets of food and drinks to share with other members of their families and their visitors. Usually, people stay whole night in the memorial park and party till dawn. There you go- Filipino Style Halloween!Due to the prevalence of Western media in the Philippines, the celebration of Halloween on October 31, particularly the custom of dressing in costume and trick-or-treating, began in pockets of Metro Manila and other urban and suburban areas. Its popularity has steadily risen over the decades. Nowadays, Costumed Halloween parties are popular among the younger generations. Much like in U.S. cities, certain neighborhoods in urban areas have organized trick-or-treating events annually. A lot of shopping malls also are decorated with Halloween themed decorations and have organized related events including trick-or-treating for children. Halloween decorations and costumes are now widely available. Halloween and horror-themed marketing, films, and TV shows are commonplace starting as early as October of each year.

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