Leading up to Turama, relatives gather to clean, paint and decorate their graveyards in respect of treasured family members and friends who have departed.
An abundance of flowers, candles adorned burial grounds, with families sharing, reminiscing and witnessing the sprinkling of blessed water over the burial grounds of their loved ones who have passed on.
It is an occasion for members of the Catholic Church to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history.
“All Souls Day” is observed on November 2, directly following All Saints' Day. All Souls is a time to commemorate the faithful departed; a time to pray for departed souls.
On Thursday the All Saints Avarua Catholic diocese marked All Saints Day with a 7am service at the Avarua cathedral. Later in the evening a 6pm mass was held at the Panama cemetery with the blessing of water, people then separated into groups visiting graves, starting from Tupapa through to Nikao.
The Titikaveka and Arorangi parishes began Turama at 5pm with the Matavera Sacred Heart Church starting much later in the evening at 7.30pm.