According to the Catholic Church, it is to honor “those who have been living and luminous witnesses of Christ.”
Feast of All Saints, All Saints Day is celebrated by the Latin Catholic Church from Vespers on October 31 until the end of the day on November 1.
By Eleonore Moreau
According to the Catholic Church, it is to honor “those and those who were living and luminous witnesses of Christ.”
Unlike Christmas or Easter, All Saints has no biblical origin. To find the first traces of this festival, we must go back to the Syrian Church of the 4th century. A day was set aside to commemorate all the martyrs. Then in the 7th century, Boniface IV consecrates the Pantheon of Rome to Saint Mary of the Martyrs, and decides that the liturgical feast will take place every May 13. The custom settled in the West, but on different dates for each local Church. It will take 835 and a decision from Pope Gregory IV for the official date to become November 1.
All Saints’ Day should not be confused with the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on November 2. On this day, Catholics celebrate their dead by praying for the salvation of their souls and by putting flowers on their graves.