My favorite month of the year!!
Plus, Catholics celebrate All Saints Day every 1st of November.
Have a great month ahead!
Here are some interesting customs that are observed on All Saints Day, that I derived from Wikipedia:
Austria and Bavaria
In Belgium, “Toussaint” or “Allerheiligen” is a public holiday. Belgians visit the cemeteries to place chrysanthemums on the graves of deceased relatives on All Saints Day since All Souls is not a holiday.
In Poland, Dzień Wszystkich Świętych is a public holiday. Families try to gather together for both All Saints’ Day and the All Souls’ Day (Zaduszki), the official day to commemorate the departed faithful. The celebrations begin with tending to family graves, surrounding graveyards, lighting candles, and leaving flowers in a cemetery the first day and, what often extends into the next. November 1st is a bank holiday in Poland and, while the following All Souls’ Day (Zaduszki) is not. The Zaduszki custom of honoring the dead thus corresponds with All Souls’ Day celebrations and is much more observed in Poland than in most other places in the West.
In Portugal, Dia de Todos os Santos is a national holiday. Families remember their dead with religious observances and visits to the cemetery. Portuguese children celebrate the Pão-por-Deus tradition (also called santorinho, bolinho or fiéis de Deus) going door-to-door, where they receive cakes, nuts, pomegranates, sweets, and candies.
In France, and throughout the Francophone world, the day is known as La Toussaint. Flowers (especially in Chrysanthemums), or wreaths called ‘couronnes de toussaints’ are placed at each tomb or grave. The following day, 2 November (All Souls’ Day) is called Le jour des morts, the Day of the Dead.
In Spain, el Día de Todos los Santos is a national holiday. As in all Hispanic countries, people take flowers to the graves of dead relatives. The play Don Juan Tenorio is traditionally performed.
Day of the Dead
All Saints’ Day in Mexico coincides with the first day of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebration. It commemorates children who have died (Dia de los Inocentes) and the second day celebrates all deceased adults.
In Guatemala, All Saints’ Day is a national holiday. On that day Guatemalans make a special meal called fiambre which is made of cold meats and vegetables; it is customary to visit cemeteries and to leave some of the fiambre for their dead. It is also customary to fly kites to help unite the dead with the living. There are festivals in towns like Santiago Sacatepéquez and Sumpango, where giant colorful kites are flown.
In many countries, such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, Halloween is celebrated in connection with All Saints’ Day, although celebrations are generally limited to 31 October. During the 20th century, the observance largely became a secular one, although some Christian groups have continued to embrace the Christian origins of the holiday whereas others (typically Protestant groups) have rejected celebrations. On Halloween night, children dress in costumes and go door to door asking for candy in a practice known as trick-or-treating, while adults may host costume parties. There are many popular customs associated with Halloween, including carving a pumpkin into a Jack-o’-lantern and apple bobbing. Halloween is not a public holiday in either the United States or Canada.
Hallow-mas in the Philippines is variously called “Undás“, “Todos los Santos” (Spanish, “All Saints”), and sometimes “Araw ng mga Patay / Yumao” (Tagalog, “Day of the dead / those who have passed away”), which incorporates All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Filipinos traditionally observe this day by visiting the family dead to clean and repair their tombs. Offerings of prayers, flowers, candles,, and food. Chinese Filipinos additionally burn incense and kim. Many also spend the day and ensuing night holding reunions at the cemetery with feasts and merriment.
(All information in this article is taken from Wikipedia)
So, there you go November is nothing but intriguing!
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