Candles in memory.
Dublin City Council has asked residence to light candles on October 31 for Halloween. This is because they wish to remember all those who are not with us anymore following the Covid-19 pandemic. [Featured Image: Mike Labrum, Unsplash].
Residents have been invited to light a candle at 9pm on October 31, and can even share pictures online using the hashtag #alllightatdusk.
We are calling on people to light a candle at 9pm, Halloween night to remember those who have died this yr, especially as a result of #COVID19. In keeping with the ancient tradition of Ireland’s celebration of All Souls, we invite everyone to take part in #alightatdusk pic.twitter.com/yayytN0CIW
— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) October 20, 2020
It keeps the ancient tradition of Ireland’s celebration of all souls, but remembers those that have tragically passed away in these unprecedented events this year. The council has teamed up with ALONE, the Department of Rural & Community Development and The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to go forward with the initiative.
“This is a simple gesture, linking to the old tradition of Oíche Shamhna, that I am delighted to support,” said Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin. “2020 has been such a difficult year for us all and we need to remember and celebrate all those who we have lost.
“The Irish community has always showed its strength in standing together, particularly in remembrance.”
So, if you’d like to, light a candle this Halloween night in remembrance.