MANY thousands of people across the Alicante province and Murcia region joined millions of others across Spain as they took part in the annual All Saints’ Day visit to their late loved ones in cemeteries.
Local Police in Murcia had to control a vast increase in traffic in the vicinity of the cemetery of Nuestro Padre Jesús de Espinardo, and the car park – like so many up and down the country – filled up very quickly. Those of San Cemente and San Cristóbal also received thousands of visitors, with many staying with their dearly departed from dawn to dusk.
Many of the graveyards, in conjunction with local municipalities and bus companies, extended their usual opening times and increased the numbers of buses that would usually see a restricted service on national holidays. Some provided dedicated services to and from cemeteries to central points in towns and villages.
Millions of flowers are bought for the November 1 tradition and the floristry business report a 25 per cent increase in turnover is connected with this day alone. Daises, carnations, gladioli, roses and lilies are the best selling of the flowers taken by family members and friends to remember their loved ones.