Monday, November 1, 2010

All Saint's Day and the Day of the Dead

1st November – is All Saint’s Day. It’s a catholic holiday celebrated in memory of all saints.
2nd November – is Day of the Dead. It descend from a pagan celebrations of “beggars”, which used to take place four times a year, and the purpose was to commemorate the dead. People used to feed the souls of the dead who were arriving from the beyond that day. They also used to bake special bread and shared it with beggars who were praying for the souls of the dead (therefore the name of celebrations). It was adopted in XII century as a catholic holiday and diminished to be celebrated just once a year.

Since only 1st November is free of work, it is celebrated also as Day of the Dead. It doesn't remind the old pagan holiday enymore. We just visit graves of our relatives and close people, leave flowers and candles and recall memories about them with pensiveness.

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  1. Wow! 4 times a year! O.o interesting story about your celebration. Our celebration comes from pehispanic times so the Catholic religion didn't exist yet so this celebration is very old. We also visited our relatives in the cemetery hehe, I think that is very common in several parts of the world.

    You know what? I'm doing a video about this tradition so that I can send it to you in the next letter =D Plus you'll hear my voice for first time hahaha XD

    I'm doing my best! ;D

    And thanks for your comment, I appreciate it =)

  2. Sounds cool! I'd love to see that video and hear your voice:D I'm so excited. I have a letter for you ready, so I'm gonna send it tomorrow or Wednesday.

  3. YAY! I really love your letters!! =D
    I'll be waiting for it °u°!

  4. Thats really interesting as I don't think they have all saints day here in England, if they do I know nothing about it. In my religion we have have a sort of a day of the dead on a Thursday and we cook all the favourite meals of those that we've lost and say a special prayer. In my family we tend to just make something of meat and have some fruit on the table for prayer.

  5. I forgot to mention that I posted the recipe on my blog for you, its the 2nd entry after the map one. You'll have to let me know how it turns out :)

  6. I don't think there is All Saint's Day in England because protestant christians don't believe in saints, so it only exists in catholic countries... although I don't know about orthdox christians. Day of the dead is more universal holiday and it is celebrated in many countries all over the world, no matter religion. We don't cook anything special, and my family is partly catholic, partly atheist, but we all visit my grandpas grave and leave some candles. And I like taking a walk in a cementary in the evening that day because all these lights look so beautiful then. Although I only was at daytime this year :(

    Thank you for the comment. And the recipe :D