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Some are surprised to hear that the day after Halloween has a name: "The feast of All Hallows.” The term comes from old English meaning to revere, or set apart as Holy: thus the Hallows are the Saints. Nov 1st was also called Hallowmas, but today we call it All Saints’ Day because it honors over 10,000 Christian saints. All Saints Day, and All Souls’ Day used to be celebrated in May, but the Church moved them to Nov. 1st and 2nd to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos. Religious leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright. But they hoped that by moving the Christian holidays to this time period, the pagan holidays would slowly die away... It didn’t turn out that way.
Throughout history saints have inspired men and women to face life with courage, hope and equanimity. This is also a good day to remember and honor our deceased loved ones and our ancestors.
Some more Nov 1st facts:
Do you know that for centuries, November first had been the Celtic New Year? It was called Samhain and marked the end of the harvest. It was celebrated with bonfires and celebrations involving costumes and masks, and had a major influence on the customs now associated with Halloween.
The first All Saints’ Day was celebrated on May 13, 609 AD. In those early medieval days, the Byzantine Emperor gave the Roman Pantheon to Pope Poniface IV to be dedicated as a Christian church. At that time the Pantheon was already over 600 years old, a temple built in the heyday of the Roman Empire to all the gods of Ancient Rome. This building has had an enormous influence on Western Architecture. You’ll have seen the picture before, I’m sure:
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