The All Souls or the Holy Souls Day, in Christianity, commemorates the faithful departed, those who no longer are among us. The other day, the children told us that their neighbours were going to Church to honour the memory of departed family members at morning service. It is a special time for many people especially those senior citixens who like to keep faith with this tradition.
To help understand Christian-Orthodox religion, and to remember brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents, who may have passed, it was decided to organise a workshop to handcraft objects of a symbolic significance. The children talked as they worked, of family members, shared stories of siblings, sang, drew beautiful landscapes, and crafted using paper and scissors. The team, were deeply moved to watch these special children talk about their families, reminiscing on happier past times, to see their hearts open and new friendships unfold. Traumatic moments bring people together and soothing creative activities, like arts & crafts workshops make a huge difference, helping them bond, socialise, share emotions, ideas and talk freely about their lives and life experiences. Deeply emotional moments were gradually surpassed using newfound abilities and skills, the team were happy to help them communicate with their peers and understand that they are not alone. These days, adults often pay scant attention to such holy day traditions, but the children proved that it is still an important part of life from which future generations will greatly benefit.
In keeping the spirit of this tradition, the children ate together and at the end of their meal, as is the custom they were gifted fresh fruits in new bowls. To make this “traditions” workshop possible, St Cristofer’s was supported by generous old friends.