The restrictions on mass gatherings due to the Covid-19 has admitted altered the way Filipinos mark important occasions in their lives — both for the living and their departed love ones.
Since the government ordered the closure of cemeteries for the annual traditional ‘Undas’ observance due to the threat of Covid-19 infection, Filipinos, at least for this year, have shifted to either visiting their departed loved ones ahead of the ‘Undas’ holidays on November 1, or simply remember them through hearing Mass or praying at home.
The government has approve the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to close all cemeteries, columbariums, and memorial parks for the ‘Undas’ holidays from October 29 to November 4 this year.
The closure order has prompted Filipinos to visit the tombs of their departed loved ones as early as now. The visits are to intensify as the All Souls Day and All Saints Day schedules come closer.