Tales of the Lecrin Valley

A personal view of life in an andalusian village.

Although it is only 19 October, the enterprising market trader who usually supplies the village with general goods such as knives, matches and kitchen implements today turned up with nothing but plastic flowers, which he displayed over the square. 

Widows buying flowers for All Saints Day

Widows buying flowers for All Saints Day

He was swamped with the old widows who were rushing to buy them for the first of November, All Saints Day.  (El Día de Todos Los Santos.)  As anyone who has been to Spain will know, coffins here are not put in the ground but put in what I would describe as large niches, stacked on top of one another.  The entrance is then sealed and a marble stone commemorating the incumbent is put in place. 

Filling their bags with flowers

Filling their bags with flowers

This normally contains a photograph of the deceased and can be quite moving if the photograph is of a young person or child.  When decorated the cemetery looks fantastic, spotlessly clean and with flowers all over the tombs and surrounding walkways.  (I will take a photograph of the cemetery on 01 November and publish it here on the blog.)