August 4, 2020

What and why do we celebrate All Saints Day? – The province

This Friday November 1 is celebrated All Saints, one of the most marked holidays in the calendar of the Church. This festival of religious significance is surrounded by customs and traditions rooted for centuries in our country.

So, throughout this holiday the cemeteries are filled with flowers and of people who take advantage of this holiday to visit and decorate the graves and remember their deceased loved ones. Now, what is All Saints' Day celebrated and why?

It is a holiday dedicated to all those who, after having died, have already reached heaven. The historical origin of All Saints Day dates back to the fourth century.

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This holiday was established by the Catholic Church following the Great Persecution led by Diocletian. In this sense, in that period there were so many martyrs caused by the Roman Empire among the faithful Christians that the Church wanted to establish a common day to remember them and keep them in mind.

Although initially a fixed date was not set to pay tribute and tribute to these martyrs, finally with the arrival of the Pope Gregory III, in the eighth century, it was agreed that November 1 would be the Day of the Dead, in response to the pagan celebration of the Samhain or Celtic New Year, which celebrates the night of October 31.

Later, during the papacy of Gregory IV in the ninth century this celebration was definitively consolidated, a holiday that is still very present today among the faithful Christians that every year they fill cemeteries to remember their deceased loved ones.

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