Today, which is still November first, is lo dia de los muertos or the day of the dead. I was talking with a friend of mine from Mejico and she was telling me that her family has a tradition: On All evening of Hallow'een they place a candle on the headstone of a loved one recently lost to show the departed that they are still thinking of. They then come back on the eve of dia de los muertos. If the candle is still burning it means the departed are still thinking about their living loved ones.
So, last evening after the Hallow'eening was done, I bought a candle at the corner store, orchid scented, lit it and placed it upon my sisters' headstone. After a short prayer, I left for the evening. Tonight, I went back.
It was still burning.