Ash and lava continue to gain ground on the Spanish island of La Palma. A month and a half after the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano began, they are advancing unstoppably, covering buildings, farmland, roads… and everything in their path.

The so-called “black snow” and the strong winds are making life difficult for local residents. Five municipalities have been forced to suspend classes due to the high levels of ash. Flights have also been cancelled, leaving many tourists unable to leave the Canary Island until conditions improve.

It is a tradition in Spain to take advantage of All Saints’ Day, a national holiday, to visit the graves of ancestors before All Souls’ Day, November 2, which is a working day. Decorating the cemeteries for All Saints’ Day has never cost as much as this year on La Palma.

And for those who could not fulfill the tradition of bringing flowers to their loved ones, because they were in restricted areas, the Spanish Army was there. A shower of flowers launched from a military helicopter mingled with the rain of ashes in the vicinity of the cemetery of Las Manchas, closed to the public.

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