THE annual Catholic festival of All Saints Day will be celebrated this year on 1st and 2nd November, an occasion when Spanish families will remember the departed and honour them with extravagant bouquets and wreaths.

Florists in Palma, including those with stalls down the Ramblas and at the municipal markets are getting ready for one of their busiest times of year. Guillermo Alemany, director of Alemany florists, said yesterday that his business is not immune from the recession, but that on such an important occasion, there were always orders for quality bouquets. Roses are particularly popular, costing between 3 and 3.50 euros a stem at a time of high demand. Meanwhile, down the Ramblas, florist Marga warned that the price of carnations and gladioli could rise on the day prior to All Saints Day. Stalls down the Ramblas will be open 24 hours a day until All Saints Day is over. Local police will be on duty at major cemeteries in the city to control visiting traffic.


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