Roman Catholics remember all the faithfully departed on All Souls’ Day, including baptized Christians who are believed to be in purgatory because they passed away with the guilt of smaller sins still lodged in their souls. It takes place on November 2.
The 2,000-year-old holiday known as All Souls’ Day, which is observed on November 2 each year after All Saints’ Day, which falls on November 1, would have to be the family’s favorite holiday if there was one. All Souls’ Day is a day to remember people who have died away, much like All Saints’ Day is. All Saints Day, on the other hand, is centered on Christian martyrs and saints, and All Souls Day is all about your own family and family genealogy. It’s a day for spending time with family, visiting cemeteries, honoring traditions, and remembering loved ones.
History of The Day
All souls remember the church of purgatorial souls, whereas “all saints” remember the church of victorious saints in paradise. In the Catholic Church, “the faithful” usually refers to those who have been baptized. It is referred to as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed in the Latin Church’s liturgical writings (Latin: Commemoratio omnium fideliumdefunctorum).
Catholic belief holds that the good works of the faithful on earth can help to purify the souls in purgatory. The practice of praying for the deceased, which is outlined in 2 Maccabees 12:42–46, also serves as the foundation for this doctrine. The theological basis of the celebration is the concept that those souls when they depart the body, are not permitted to access the Beatific vision because they have not fully atoned for previous crimes or purified themselves of venial sins. By praying for them, giving them money, doing good deeds for them, and especially by presenting the Holy Mass as a sacrifice, the faithful on earth can help these souls.
Observances in different countries
All Souls’ Day is observed by people from various religious and cultural backgrounds all across the world. Some traditions are practiced by everyone, regardless of location or language. There are some, nevertheless, that are unique and limited. Here are several examples:
- People fly kites in Guatemala at the Barriletes Gigantes Festival, sometimes referred to as the Giant Kites Festival. These kites take months to make and can be up to 65 feet across. You may compose a letter to your ancestor and affix it to the kite’s tail for them to read in heaven.
- At the Barriletes Gigantes Festival in Guatemala, people honor their ancestors by flying enormous kites. In Mexico, many people create private altars for their ancestors and decorate them with trinkets, flowers, sugar skulls, and candles. The real celebration of Dia de Los Muertos is preferable to the excellent film that Disney made about it.
- People in the Philippines prepare the favorite foods of a loved one who has died away for a feast with friends and relatives. Many people visit their ancestors’ graves, light candles there, and often spend the night there. In Hungary, many people leave food on the table and leave the lights on throughout the night in remembrance of their loved ones.
- In Poland, returning home for All Souls’ Day may be required, much like during Easter and Christmas. Families visit the cemetery to pay respects to their relatives, and a huge blaze of candles is built there to brighten the night.
- In Peru, it’s customary to split a loaf of that Wawa with a friend or relative. A tasty bread known as Santa Wawa is prepared in the form of a doll or little child.