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On Sunday about 200 people gathered to laugh, to cry, to mourn and to remember loved ones who have passed away, at the annual Day of the Dead Ceremony which this year was held at Heritage Park in Mullumbimby.

Zenith Virago spoke to the group of about 200 gathered at Heritage Park. Photo Tree Faerie.

Photo Tree Faerie.

Photo Tree Faerie.

Zenith Virago facilitated the ceremony on what was a warm and rainy Far North Coast day.

Those gathered to the opportunity to create a shrine with flowers and written messages for loved ones which they hung on a fig tree.

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Photo Tree Faerie.

Flowers, written words and other tokens were laid on the shrine. Photo Tree Faerie.

Photo Tree Faerie.

45 minutes and was very healing for many people.

Colourful Byronite Mandy Peters said she was attending to remember friends in the community and a Gyoto monk who was dear to her. ‘I want to honour them all and speak their names. Gen Lama shared most generously his teachings in this region.

‘He was a most beloved monk.’

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