All Saints Day is a slightly scary but more fun holiday that is known as Halloween, in Spain it is called Todos Los Santos. The Christian celebration is dedicated to the memory of all the saints who were mentioned in the history of Christianity. Many churches – Methodist, Roman Catholic, Lutheran – celebrate it on November 1 every year, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic churches – on the Sunday that follows Pentecost.
The tradition of celebrating All Saints’ Day dates back to the fourth century and was celebrated on the Sunday following Pentecost. Documentary mention of the first event dates back to May 13, 609. Pope Boniface IV officially announced the event in honor of the Virgin, as well as the martyrs. In 835, Pope Gregory III moved the date of the celebration to the first day of November, supplemented the event with the inclusion of saints, as well as those for whom holiness is recognized by God.
Why was November 1st chosen? Historians believe that in this way the church wanted to exclude the pagan holiday of the dead Samhain from the calendar. But the pagan traditions of the celebration survived. On the night before Samhain, people dressed up as otherworldly creatures so that they would not be caught by the spirits that roamed the earth at that time.
- In 1770, the church struck the event off the list of church holidays, but some churches continue to celebrate it.
- All Saints’ Day is more common in Catholicism, so Catholics are required to attend Mass on this day.
- You can not attend mass if it falls on a Monday or Saturday, which is adjacent to Sunday Saturday (Eve of Bright Sunday).
- On this day, in addition to reading the beatitudes, the churches honor everyone who died over the past year.
How to celebrate
Share information about the holiday with your subscribers on social networks, read more about the saints, because when there is so much evil and unrest in the world, it’s time to turn to something bright, sinless, and even be guided by the principles of the life of saints in your life. Don’t forget the hashtags #allsaintsday. If you are a believer, say a prayer to all the saints, remember their good deeds in life, go to church or attend mass.
When is All Saints Day celebrated in 2022?
All Saints Day is observed on November 1 each year.