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IN PICS: This is how All Saints' Day is celebrated in Madrid

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IN PICS: This is how All Saints' Day is celebrated in Madrid
All photos by Lynn Spreadbury / The Local

Madrid’s biggest cemetery is the final resting place for more than five million dead, a veritable city of tombs and niches that stretches out from the east of the city towards the airport.

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El Día de Todos los Santos, a public holiday across Spain that falls on November 1st every year, is for most people a day of remembrance. 

In Madrid, La Almudena cemetery comes alive, so to speak, each year on November 1st– All Saints Day – when families visit the graveside of their loved ones, lay flowers, spruce it up or even stop for a picnic.

In 2018, photographer Lynn Spreadbury joined the masses who visited La Almudena and captured on camera what this day of remembrance and celebration is all about.

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The impressive gates to La Almudena cemetery where flower sellers set up stalls. 

Families gather to remember loved ones.


El Día de todos los Santos, or All Saints Day is a time for sprucing up graves. 


A woman gazes up at the tomb of her late husband. 

Flowers decorate to decorate the cross on a grave.

Bouquets are arranged on tombstones.

All Saints' day is a busy day at the cemetery.

 


Candles and flowers laid in remembrance.


A family remembers their lost loved-ones at sunset. 

 

READ MORE: Five weird and wonderful Spanish traditions on All Saints' Day

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