The Day After Halloween Is Actually Called Hallowmas

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 Celtic and Christian festivals.

What is Hallowmas?

November 1st is All Saints’ Day, when all Christian saints are recognized. The Roman Catholic Church sometimes calls All Saints Day’ is the Solemnity of All Saints, but an older English term for it is Allhallows or Hallowmas (shortened from the feast of Hallows’ mass, with hallow meaning “holy person; saint”).

The day after All Saints’ Day, November 2, is All Souls’ Day. This day honors the souls of all the dead.

In Mexico and parts of the United States, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day coincide with Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Need more Halloween facts in your life? Then, find out what Halloween actually is short for …

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