It’s the time of remembrance and reviere.. Today
Christians are celebrating All Saints’ Day.
All Saints’ Day is an important day for the Catholic
Church and is celebrated annually on November 1. It also accurs in Roman
Catholic Church, Angelican Communion, Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church and
other protestant churches. Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern
Catholic churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost as the Sunday
of All Saints.
In Poland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland,
Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and
Catholic parts of Germany, the tradition is to visit graves of deceased
relatives and light candles there.
In Portugal, Spain, and Mexico, offerings are made on
this day. The play Don Juan Tenorio is traditionally performed in Spain. In
Mexico, All Saints’ “DĂde los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocents) is
celebrated and there is also the first day of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los
Muertos) which honours deceased children and infants. In Portugal, children go
door to door where they receive cakes, nuts and pomegranates. It occurs only in
some areas around Lisbon and it’s called the PĂŁpor-Deus tradition.
In the Philippines (“Undas”, “Todos los Santos” –
literally “All Saints”, and sometimes “Araw ng mga Patay” – “Day of the dead”)
for three days people visit the graves of deceased relatives, where they pray,
leave flowers, it candles and clean, repair the graves.
In Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy,
Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, and American Cities such as New Orleans
people take flowers to the graves of dead relatives.
countries, the festival is celebrated with the hymn “For All the Saints” by
William Walsham How. Catholics generally celebrate it by having a day without
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