Halloween is actually just the beginning of a string of otherworldly holidays. The tricks, treats, and customs of Halloween, now mostly secular, are based in part on an ancient Christian festival that spans November 1st and 2nd.
What is Hallowmas?
November 1st is All Saints’ Day, when all saints—known and unknown—are recognized. The Roman Catholic Church’s official name for All Saints Day is Solemnity of All Saints’ Day, but it is also called Hallows or Hallowmas. (Hallowmas is shortened from Hallow’s mass.)
In the Western Christian world, All Saints’ Day is celebrated on November 1st. The word
is used in multiple ways. It can refer to saints and the relics of saints. It can also refer to the shrines in which the relics are kept.
The day after All Saints’ Day, November 2, is
All Souls’ Day
. This holiday honors the faithful who have died but have not yet reached heaven. In Mexico and the United States, this occasion is better known as
Dia de Los Muertos
, or Day of the Dead.
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