Background: The informant is a 54 year old man. He was born in Pampanga, Philippines. The informant grew up as Catholic, later converting to evangelical Christianity and becoming a pastor. He was exposed to the tradition by living in the Philippines.
Context: The context was, calling the informant on the phone and asking him about his religious traditions or experiences.
PG: All Saints Day, All Saints Day, is November 1st, because trick or trick is October 31
Me: Is All Saints Day kind of like your day of the dead?
PG: Day of the Dead, is like, is like the entire cemetery is full pack is like people goes there they’re like having a celebration you know fiesta is like celebration right? Yeah we fiesta, we piesta, we celebrate, it’s like a party. All saints day, all people goes to the cemetery we don’t do it in the house everyone goes there and all cemetery all over the world is full of people they edo the party there they bring boombox.
Me: You know how on day of the dead people create offriendas, the shrine looking things, do you guys do that”
PG: “Shrine looking thing? No, they just bring flowers and candles and make them lit all day”
Informant: For the informant, he seems very excited about All Saint’s Day and what it entails. It is a celebration of life and death.
Mine: in this celebration, it is significant because it crosses between life and death. There is no boundary to the celebration. Normally, secretaries are associated with dreary activities, but during this holiday, it completely changes the stereotype of it. Everything is lively and it changes the usual opinion on death. Death doesn’t always need to be something to be mourned but can also be celebrated because the person has lived a good long life. Traditions can make someone reexamine the context of something and see it from a new perspective.