Laying flowers in Palma today.

01-11-2016Pere Bota

With the Halloween celebrations over for another year, tens of thousands of people today headed to cemeteries across the Balearics to honour the dead and mark All Saints’ Day.

In Palma, a special police operation was put into action to make sure that the day passed off smoothly and that traffic flowed easily in the key areas around the cemeteries. Other local councils took similar action as the fine weather drew thousands more than usual out, although many tend to visit the cemeteries and pay their respects the day before to avoid the crowd.

Also in Palma, Mayor José Hila and other senior councillors attended a special religious ceremony at the cemetery.

In Catholic theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries.

In Methodist theology, All Saints' Day revolves around "giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of his saints".


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Andy Rawson / Hace over 5 years

I am just explaining what the picture is. Each island had a different sad story to tell.


Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

I presume you are referring to those excuted by both sides, for example the 21 priests shot by the republicans in Ibiza.


Andy Rawson / Hace over 5 years

The image is more than just laying flowers. It is laying flowers on the memorial to around 2,000 people executed in Mallorca during the Civil War. Many of them would family members of those murdered.