Honoring the Dead

Catholics and Anglicans observe All Saints and All Souls on November 1 and November 2 respectively.

“Those who observe/celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day do so in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual bond between those in purgatory (the ‘Church Suffering’), those in heaven (the ‘Church triumphant’), and the living (the ‘Church militant’). Other Christian traditions define, remember and respond to the saints in different ways; for example, in the Methodist Church, the word “saints” refers to all Christians and therefore, on All Saints’ Day, the Church Universal, as well as the deceased members of a local congregation, are honoured and remembered.” ~ Unknown

The faithful observe All Souls by visiting the grave sites of deceased relatives and lightning candles and placing flowers on their tombstones. Prayers are done in order that their souls may be released from purgatory. All Souls is a very solemn event on the Catholic Calendar.

Dia de Los Muertos

Day of the Dead originated from Indigenous traditions in Latin America to remember the ones who have passed. It’s one of the most important celebrations not only in Mexico, but also in Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and other communities across the region and the United States.

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Halloween is celebrated the day before All Saints and All Souls however, Halloween has become more of a costuming rather than a ritual event.

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