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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Fall 2013

By Ken Jensen

The Holy Family Cemetery at Krain, founded in 1889, is located at 25606 SE 400th St., Enumclaw. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

The Holy Family Cemetery at Krain, founded in 1889, is located at 25606 SE 400th St., Enumclaw. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

Cemeteries are spooky on Halloween, for sure, but what about the day after? Not so much, especially if you make the trek to the Holy Family Cemetery at Krain, just 8 miles south of Black Diamond, for the Feast of All Saints.

This 120+-year-old tradition was brought to Krain from the “old country” by the Eastern European Catholics who settled the area.

As darkness descends, members of the community and relatives of the departed light candles and recite the rosary, thereby “reaffirming their ties with those who have gone before them in faith,” Pastoral Associate Mathew Weisbeck told the Enumclaw Courier-Herald in 2011.

Hard to believe, but Krain is one of the few places in the world where this centuries-old custom still prevails. (more…)

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