Monday, November 1, 2010

All Saints Day-- STSTT #700

This day, November 1, is a solemn day to celebrate and honor all saints, both known and unknown. The night before a feast day is a vigil in anticipation of the day, and is commonly referred to as the eve of the holiday. The Eve of All Saints Day is popularly known as Halloween and has come to be celebrated in much greater enthusiasm than is the feast day itself.

In America, and I won't attempt to speak for the rest of the world, Halloween has become a very big deal, celebrated by many as a favorite holiday. In popular culture it seems to have become so completely divorced from its origins that scarce there be a soul left who understands the religious significance of the day.

Happy Feast Day.


Silver said...

Tomorrow is 'All Souls' Day'. The boys and i will be going to Ben's gravesite and also attend a memorial service.

I haven't actually looked up the significance of either yet..they are not the same thing, is it?


Anonymous said...

The original meaning of Samhain aka Halloween I think is rather well known thanks to the internet. Quick overview HERE

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Absolutely agreed.

vanilla said...

Silver-- "All Saints" and "All Souls" are two different days, though consecutive on the calendar. On the latter, one celebrates the lives of friends and loved ones who have passed on.

Grace-- That which is well known to some is perhaps not so much so to another. It is true that the Roman church probably picked the date for All Saints to immediately follow Samhain.

Shark-- I don't debate Halloween or the celebration thereof. I always favor good, clean fun; and trust me, it's fun to get a big old sack of goodies from the neighbors! Well, no, I'm a bit too big for that, but the great grandkiddies aren't.

Silver said...

Thanks, David.