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Old Nov 4, 2006, 6:40 PM   #1
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In Sweden, the recent attempt to introduce Halloween, with its plastic pumpkins and trick-or-treat sell-more-stuff tradition has actually become a flop. But in spite of Sweden being one of the least religious countrys in the world the religious holiday All Saints Day is still celebrated by lots of people. The graveyards are crowded, and everyone puts a candle in front of the grave of someone beloved who has passed away.

The picture below shows the Memorial Grove, a fairly new tradition where the ashes are buried anonymously and no individual stones or other symbols are allowed, thus allowing the mourners tovisit any Memorial Grove anywhere to honor their dead. I'm not a religiousperson myself, but neverthelessI get a contemplatory feeling visiting the graveyard this evening every year.

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Old Nov 4, 2006, 7:42 PM   #2
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The picture below shows the Memorial Grove, a fairly new tradition where the ashes are buried anonymously and no individual stones or other symbols are allowed, thus allowing the mourners tovisit any Memorial Grove anywhere to honor their dead. I'm not a religiousperson myself, but neverthelessI get a contemplatory feeling visiting the graveyard this evening every year.

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kjell,
this is great.. i wonder if there are counter parts here in the states. i'll research it.
i'm in need as i'm not religious either. she wasn't as well..

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Great picture..the lighting conveys the mood very well! Jay
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What a lovely picture, and a nice tradition.
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Great pic that conveys tons of mood and emotion. While you would probably describe my family and I as "religous" (funny how words can take on different emphasis over time and "religious" is almost a pejorative now) I also think it is a pretty cool idea and there would be nothing in my faith opposed to such an arrangement. In fact, it would seem preferable to wasting obscene amounts of money planting empty husks. Thanks for sharing both the picture and the concept Kjell!

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The picture below shows the Memorial Grove, a fairly new tradition where the ashes are buried anonymously and no individual stones or other symbols are allowed, thus allowing the mourners tovisit any Memorial Grove anywhere to honor their dead. I'm not a religiousperson myself, but neverthelessI get a contemplatory feeling visiting the graveyard this evening every year.

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I do not think I am shrilled with this tradition. Your pix is something else. It threw light on what people are for. Excellent framing and lighting.

With the newly entrenched tradition does it mean that you pay your respect to every body buried there? Not a single particular person. A way of socialism that I will not assoicate with.



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Damn good idea. All deaths should be cremated IMHO which would save all the wasted space burying people.



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With the newly entrenched tradition does it mean that you pay your respect to every body buried there? Not a single particular person. A way of socialism that I will not assoicate with.

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This custom has become popular since more and more people express a wish to be buried this way. I think they want to say "don't adhere my memory to a stone or a wooden cross, let my memory die with those who knew me". And Sweden is a country of migrants, internal and international. Hence a lot of people live far from their place of birth and their family. With this tradition you have the opportunity to go to the local graveyard and put a flower or a candle in remebrance of someone actually buried somewhere else. I'd say every candle in my picture represents an individual, there is no such thing as collective mourning. But when society change, so do the traditions, I guess. It's more of capitalist "demand and supply" than state or party imposed "will of the people".

It's a very strange situation on All Saints Day. In the dark the graveyard is crowded. But no one talks to anyone except those they came with, in the dark it's hard to tell friends from strangers, very few greet anyone and it's all very quiet and calm. You can really talk about being alone in the middle of the crowd. Very strange feeling really, but as i wrote it puts you in a contemplatory mind. It doesn't take religion to make you feel humble when confronted with your own unavoidable future.

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Edit: Talking of crowded graveyard I might explain that I took the picture at midnight when nearly everyone had gone home.

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