Monday, October 31, 2011

All Saints Day(November First)


In Mexico, Portugal and Spain, offerings (Portuguese: oferendas, Spanish: ofrendas) are made on this day. In Spain the play Don Juan Tenorio is traditionally performed.

All Saints' Day in Mexico, coincides with the first day of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration. Known as "Día de los Inocentes" (Day of the Innocents), it honours deceased children and infants.

Portuguese children celebrate the Pão-por-Deus tradition, going door-to-door where they receive cakes, nuts and pomegranates. This only occurs in some areas around Lisbon.

Hallowmas in the Philippines is variously called "Undás" (based on the word for "[the] first"), "Tódos los Sántos" (literally "All Saints"), and sometimes "Áraw ng mga Patáy" (lit. "Day of the Dead"), which refers to the following day of All Souls' Day but includes it. Filipinos traditionally keep the two days by visiting the graves of deceased relatives, offering prayers and flowers, light candles and clean and repair the graves. People typically spend the day, sometimes even the whole night, picnicking and holding reunions at the cemetery near their loved ones.

In Argentina, 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.

In Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Catholic parts of Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, the tradition is to light candles and visit the graves of deceased relatives.

In English-speaking countries, the festival is traditionally celebrated with the hymn "For All the Saints" by William Walsham How. The most familiar tune for this hymn is Sine Nomine by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Catholics generally celebrate with a day of rest consisting of avoiding physical exertion.


I'll be thinking about my grandparents who have passed away - such great memories. I miss them very much.


Otter Mom said...

Having grown up surrounded by the Mexican culture, I have always wondered why more people do not celebrate Day of the Dead? Some people think it's creepy, because of the main symbol which is a skull. But it's a time to remember our ancestors that have gone before us and it's actually a very strong family celebration.

Eva said...

That's true about Germany. We have a family grave and as children we always drove there and lit candles. Afterwards we had coffee and cake with our relatives that lived near by. I always try to take my children to a cemetery here on All Souls. One church in the area even has a short prayer service in a cemetery.

Alexandra said...

Agreed. :)