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Join us on Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 2:00 pm to clean the Budapest Cemetery and light candles for All Saints' Day. Please bring cash as we will order pizza to the cemetery for dinner. If you have never joined us for this event, please consider coming this year. We post pictures to the Budapest, Georgia Facebook page, which is followed by relatives of people buried here. It is a meaningful and rewarding event.
The address may be difficult. Road was “Landfill Road” but is now “Budapest Cemetery Road.” The majority of on-line direction sites still show Landfill Road. If you use “222 Landfill Road, Tallapoosa, GA, 30176” it should get you to the cemetery.
Directions: I-20 west to Exit 9 (Waco). Turn right at top of ramp. Continue to 2nd stop sign. Turn left onto US 78. Travel approximately 2 miles to Budapest Cemetery Road (Your GPS or map may say Landfill Road). Turn left and travel approximately 1 mile. Cemetery will be on the left.
Background on All Saints' Day / All Souls' Day:
Much to the dismay of traditionalists, the Western tradition of celebrating Halloween is catching on across Eastern Europe, but All Saints' Day, on Nov. 1, and All Souls' Day, on Nov. 2, have been celebrated for centuries.
Largely a Roman Catholic observance, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Croatia, Ukraine and other countries consider these two days a national holiday when shops, schools and businesses are closed.
On All Saints' Day, the faithful attends church to remember the saints and their dearly departed. People travel long distances to place flowers on the graves of loved one and burn specially decorated candles to help the departed souls find their way to everlasting light. Sometimes, the parish priest says prayers or blesses the graves. Years ago, it was traditional for the family to have a sumptuous feast at the gravesite and leave food and drink for the departed.
What might otherwise be considered a maudlin tradition is beautiful with cemeteries across the countryside lit by thousands of candle lanterns at night. The candles burn at least until the next day, All Souls' Day, also known as Day of the Dead in many countries, but often they glow in the dark for weeks afterward. (http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/holidaysfestivals/a/allsoulsday.htm)