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Lighting candles in Spain for the dead

2020 Camino Guides

peregrina2000

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Some Spanish friends have alerted me to the fact that tonight at 9 pm (about 40 minutes from now if my time zones are correct), people all over the country will go out on the balcony for a moment of silence with a candle. Though it is just lunch time where I am, I am planning to go stand outside with a candle lit. Maybe that’s a silly thing to do, but it seems like the right thing.


That article notes that 86% of the dead are over 70 years old. In my state, many thousands of miles away, an infant has died.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Laurie,
What a beautiful gesture of camaraderie this is.
It is night here in France. Although all the country is confined and the night dark and windy I shall stand on our hillside facing southwest towards Spain holding a candle while weeping in memoriam.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2016; Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre/Muxia 2017; Aragones 2018; Suso/Yuso, Meseta 2019
Among my most profound memories of walking 4 Caminos is not the stunning landscape nor the incredible architecture, but the older Spanish people. I remember the 94 year old man who proudly showed his church in Artieda, the lady somewhere along the Meseta who gave me a handfull of candy saying, "I want you to have this", the gentleman who invited me to rest on his bench with him while we chatted about our day, the man who stopped me to talk after I greeted him with "Buenos dias!" and others. I feel immensely privileged and honored that these people would share something of their lives with me, an outsider non-Spanish and am sad to think that they might be among those who have had their last Camino.
 
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witsendwv

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2015)
Some Spanish friends have alerted me to the fact that tonight at 9 pm (about 40 minutes from now if my time zones are correct), people all over the country will go out on the balcony for a moment of silence with a candle. Though it is just lunch time where I am, I am planning to go stand outside with a candle lit. Maybe that’s a silly thing to do, but it seems like the right thing.


That article notes that 86% of the dead are over 70 years old. In my state, many thousands of miles away, an infant has died.
I don’t have a balcony and no one can see my house, but I do have white lights strung in all my porches, so every night until this is over I will turn on the lights at 9PM. On the east coast of the US I think that is 4PM? Si o no?
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
Hola Laurie and Margaret, I missed this post - logged off early evening. So will light up tonight for the people of Spain. My local radio news tells me that another 800+ people died on Saturday. So sad. I am now strongly doubting I will get to walk the Porto in September or any time in 2020.😢
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
I don’t have a balcony and no one can see my house, but I do have white lights strung in all my porches, so every night until this is over I will turn on the lights at 9PM. On the east coast of the US I think that is 4PM? Si o no?
No, it’s 3 pm. I always get it mixed up, so I usually revert to a website like this one.

 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
No, it’s 3 pm. I always get it mixed up, so I usually revert to a website like this one.

My clock on my Galaxy (Android) can give me "world time" by just logging in the city. It's the only way I can ever keep these pesky time zones straight. 🙃

God bless Spain and look kindly on her. So many warm memories of wonderful, caring people. 💔
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
Missed the thread....😢
Past 10:00 pm now
Perhaps I will make it up tomorrow afternoon
 

Stixwoman

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
1. April 2020
I was asleep, and missed this most touching thread.
But a candle is lit. The time matters less than the connection.
And that's never silly.
Thank you, Laurie.
😢
Hi - I'm a mental health nurse in Perth WA and our death starting to rise / just read these threads and thinking of the trip.i was taking in 2 weeks and the lovely people referred to .May the Spirit of life be with us all.
 

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
My candle for Spain and the beautiful people whom I met along the Camino during 2.5 walks, is burning 24 hours. My heart breaks to think that some of these lovely, special folk may well lose their lives to this horrible Corona Scourge. My love and prayers to all the people of Spain...
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
If you do not have candles, but you have solar yard lights, you can unscrew those little tops off of the stakes and they make perfect tea lights. During the day you turn them upside down and charge them - at night you flip them over and Voila! you have a tea light. I do this all the time in my van
 

bbates225

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June/July (2017) Camino Frances (couldn't finish)
June/July (2020) Camino Frances (will try again)
Some Spanish friends have alerted me to the fact that tonight at 9 pm (about 40 minutes from now if my time zones are correct), people all over the country will go out on the balcony for a moment of silence with a candle. Though it is just lunch time where I am, I am planning to go stand outside with a candle lit. Maybe that’s a silly thing to do, but it seems like the right thing.


That article notes that 86% of the dead are over 70 years old. In my state, many thousands of miles away, an infant has died.
Not a silly thing at all. ❤
 
Camino(s) past & future
Via de la Plata Oct 17
Primitivo Aug 18
Some Spanish friends have alerted me to the fact that tonight at 9 pm (about 40 minutes from now if my time zones are correct), people all over the country will go out on the balcony for a moment of silence with a candle. Though it is just lunch time where I am, I am planning to go stand outside with a candle lit. Maybe that’s a silly thing to do, but it seems like the right thing.


That article notes that 86% of the dead are over 70 years old. In my state, many thousands of miles away, an infant has died.
That is so sad. Especially for those who would have died alone!
 

Ctshagr

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances- Sarria to Santiago (2017)
Camino Portugués - Porto to Santiago (2018)
Among my most profound memories of walking 4 Caminos is not the stunning landscape nor the incredible architecture, but the older Spanish people. I remember the 94 year old man who proudly showed his church in Artieda, the lady somewhere along the Meseta who gave me a handfull of candy saying, "I want you to have this", the gentleman who invited me to rest on his bench with him while we chatted about our day, the man who stopped me to talk after I greeted him with "Buenos dias!" and others. I feel immensely privileged and honored that these people would share something of their lives with me, an outsider non-Spanish and am sad to think that they might be among those who have had their last Camino.
I remember the older folks I met along the way. My first day on my first Camino I met an old man probably 90s walking a small child in a carriage. I was sitting on a stone wall having some water. He came up to me talking in Spanish which I didn't’ understand. I politely said no espanol but he wanted to talk. He had to give me something a cookie, a small wrapped candy, and a walnut. Then went on his way I can’t forget it. Lastly a older woman I’m 73 now saw me walking down the road last year while she was hanging out her washing. I was going the wrong way she waving frantically told me to stop. Then came to the road to walk me back to where I was supposed to going. Love these folks just two of many of interactions I’ve had. I’d love to give them a hug.
 

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