If I'm honest, it's not a celebration that I have particularly noticed in the past but then last year I was working in Hungary around now. In talking to the people on my course, they mentioned having all been at the graves of their loved ones and I expressed culturally-unaware surprise. They explained their traditions and I understood a little more.
Fast forward to last week when I was talking to a Hungarian friend about cultural differences and we got onto the topic of how we tend to buy lots of flowers for funerals but how often do we buy them to celebrate the living? I know I'm guilty of rarely darkening the door of Interflora's website.
At this time of year it's not a surprise if we maybe treat the living and the dead differently, as Emilia Fox (who plays Nikki Alexander) on Silent Witness repeatedly mentions. Regardless of how we recognise All Saints' and All Souls', Remembrance Day is fast approaching and, particularly in this WW1 anniversary year, our thoughts turn to all those we are grateful to, for their sacrifices on our behalf. Whatever our views on wars being right or not, these men and women who were willing to sacrifice everything for us deserve our remembrance, our thanks and more.