Day of the dead

Night ride
Originally uploaded by FransBadger

All Saints’ Day is Pyhäinpäivä in Finnish, but I like to look how the pre-Christian times resonate in this kind of celebrations. Samhain, and Day of the Dead (Vainajainpäivä) are some associations to this direction. It seems that there is some controversy around Samhain as the ‘Celtic New Year’ (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain ). The first day of November is nevertheless when Marraskuu starts in Finland — ‘marras’ an ancient word for death. Thus: drink well, eat well, remember the dead and be glad while you are alive!

More pics in: http://www.unet.fi/pics/2007-11-03-pyhainpaiva/ and in my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fransmayra/

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the Tampere University, Finland.