2007-11-02 Johan Huizingha
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Dying is no picnic, or is it?

The Dutch have drawn inspiration in the past few years from funeral customs in Mexico and Spain. The project "Allerzielen alom" or "All Saints everywhere" is an effort to honour and remember dead relatives in a creative, communal way. There are events at five cemeteries this year where you can hear acapella choirs, see movies and pictures projected onto ice tablets hanging from trees, and of course there are lots of fires, not near the ice tablets presumably. Johan Huizingha from Radio Netherlands Worldwide went along to one such event this week and spoke to the project’s leader Ida van der Lee.

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