All Saints’ Day is a Christian holiday which is being celebrated on November 1 by parts of Western Christianity while in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, it is on the first Sunday after Pentecost. This holiday is in honor of all the saints. Other names for this holiday include All Hallows Tide, All Hallows’ Day, and All-Hallomas.
History of All Saint’s Day
From religion’s earliest days, Christians have already been honoring their virtuous dead. In traditional Roman Catholicism, exceedingly virtuous individuals can be canonized as saints in the afterlife. These saints are bestowed with holiness and are said to be closed to God. Christians honor these saints and may ask them for guidance in their daily lives.
Before, Catholics commemorate these saints on their own ‘saints day,’ which is often during the anniversary of their death. To honor all of the saints at one time, Pope Boniface IV officially established All Saints’ Day on the 7th century.
What People Do on All Saint’s Day
Several areas of the United States celebrate All Saint’s Day especially in those areas where there are large Roman Catholic populations. Some people gather in local cemeteries and decorated the graves of their deceased relatives and friends with flowers. The descendants of the French Canadian settlers around
In St. Martinsville, Louisiana, the descendants of the French Canadian settlers celebrate it in a traditional French manner. They lay wreaths and bouquets on even the most obscure graves. As darkness falls, they light candles on the anticipation of All Souls’ Day which is on the following day.
On the other hand, the United Methodist Church observe this on the first Sunday of November to remember the deceased members of their local church congregation. They lit a candle as each person’s name is called out. They then follow this with a prayer which is offered for each soul.
For many Latin American communities, they link All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day altogether as part of their celebration of the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos.