St. Mark’s Eve

Ghosts appearing suddenly in cemeteries would seem more appropriate, if ever, in the season when other things are dying – like on All Hallows Eve, for example. But tonight was the night, in 17th century England, when the spirits of all those destined to die in the coming year would appear in a churchyard to those who, for some reason, wanted to sit there and watch. Actually, they had to sit there for three years in a row, getting to see the spirits only on the third year – and then, the big reward: if they missed a year, they’d die the next day.

Well, I like rituals and traditions and even superstitions, but I think I’ll skip this one.

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