On November 1, All Saints Day is honored. In Spain, it is also referred to as Todos Los Santos. A Christian solemnity celebrated in honor of all known and unidentified saints of the church, All Saints’ Day is also known as All Hallows’ Day, the Feast of All Saints, the Sacredness of All Saints, Feast of All Hallows, and Hallowmas. The Christian celebration known as All Saints Day honors all the saints who have lived throughout Christian history. It is observed on November 1 by the Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant churches. On the first Sunday following Pentecost, the Eastern Orthodox Church and associated Eastern Catholic churches celebrate All Saints Day.
What day is All Saints’ Day?
As a day to honor all Christian saints, All Saints’ Day is typically observed on November 1. The name All Hallows’ Day and Solemnity of All Saints, and Feast of Saints are additional possible variations.
Customs surrounding All Saints Day
All Saints’ Day may have its roots in a Greek Christian custom from the fourth century, whenever a festival was conducted on Sunday succeeding Pentecost to honor saints and martyrs. On May 13, 609 AD, Pope Boniface IV received the Pantheon in Rome as just a gift from Emperor Phocas, marking the first All Saints’ Day in history. The Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs will be honored on this day, which the Pope designated as a holiday. The festival was relocated to the first of November in 835 AD, under Pope Gregory III, and it was broadened to include the honoring of all saints, such as those whose sainthood is really only known to God.
It’s possible that the first of November was deliberately picked to replace Samhain, the paganic festival of the dead. Evil spirits used to prowl the countryside the night preceding Samhain seeking humans. People will dress up like beasts to fool spirits. The custom persisted until November 1st was converted into a Christian holiday; therefore, Halloween, a condensed form of All Hallows’ Eve. Although Protestants paired it with All Souls’ Day, which fell on November 2, the holiday survived the Reformation. Although the holiday was banned as a church feast in 1770, several churches still observe it on the first Sunday of November.
All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Devotion in Roman Catholicism. This means that if there is no valid excuse, such as illness, Catholics must attend Mass on the designated day. Catholics are urged to attend service on November 1st if it occurs on a Monday or even a Saturday close to the Sunday holiday, but they are not compelled to. The Beatitudes, which are eight blessings from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as related in the Gospel of Matthew, are generally read throughout the holiday. In recent times, it has become customary in so many churches to remember individuals who passed away on that particular day of the year. The custom of lighting candles on graves the night before All Saints’ Eve is growing in popularity.
Spanish All Saints Day customs
Usually, families assemble at their neighborhood cemetery to pay respects to the deceased. Mass will be said at the graveyard during the day, and gravestones may be cleaned and decorated with flowers. A family lunch is frequently consumed after visiting a cemetery. The day of the year that florists sell their most flowers is All Saints’ Day. Castas, or roasted chestnuts, are a common All Saints’ Day treat. On All Saints’ Day, “Panellets,” a sweet dessert comprised of almonds, potatoes, sugar, and pine nuts, are a favorite food in Catalonia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands.
According to folklore, eating these dough fritters, which are frequently filled with custard, chocolate, and cream, may free a soul from purgatory. Saint’s bones, or huesos de Santo, with marzipan flavor, are another well-liked snack. There are independent traditions in certain autonomous communities. For instance, “Samhain” is celebrated in some parts of Galicia, “Gaztaerre Eguna” in the Basque Country, and “Castanyada” in Catalonia. Roasting chestnuts over a fire is a common delight in all of them.
On November 1st, Cadiz celebrates the “Fiesta de Tosantos,” a day when the neighborhood markets transform into festivities and the vendor’s don costumes. The Fair of “Tots els Sants” at Cocentaina (Alicante), in which a sizable market is created with seasonal goods and cultural events, is another of these dates’ most significant fairs. Families assemble to eat on the Canary Islands during the “Fiesta Los Finals,” during which stories and anecdotes about the departed are remembered.