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This little light of mine.

© Jule Helmke

As some of you might already know, was this past saturday the holiday All Saints’ Day. When I grew up, we didn’t celebrate this day at all, probably because most families in northern Germany aren’t very religious. In Sweden nobody really is a big Christian or whatever, but still, there’s something about All Saints’ Day, that brings them all together.

I saw those lights in a book the other day, when I was at a cafe. It was a book about Stockholm and all it’s special places. The picture showed a cemetery on All Saints’ day by night, illuminated by thousand and thousand of candles. I just knew, I had to see this one day.

© Jule Helmke

So this past Saturday my friend Melanie and me went to the cemetery at 10 p.m. with our flash lights (as recommended on the webpage) and boy, were we about to be amazed! I seemed like every single person in Stockholm had bought a candle and brought it there, I’m sure they were out of candles after that day..

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

People had put candles in trees, around trees, on benches and graves. Some kids had even written notes and drawn little pictures.

“Dear dad,

dear grandpa,

We miss you!

But you can sure see us from your cloud, right?”

© Jule Helmke

I’m sure nearly every grave was illuminated that night and a lot of loved ones were missed even more.

 

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