All Saints Day
November 1, 2010 by staff
All Saints Day, Halloween has come and gone, but many around the world will celebrate the Day of All Saints Sunday – a holiday that many believe was created by Pope Boniface IV, to compensate for the start of the “dark half” of the year .
Boniface IV said November 1st All Souls Day in century VII, according to History.com. It is a day when Christians honor the saints and martyrs.
Before the recognition of Halloween, the Celts celebrated their new year on November 1. The night before they believed that evil spirits returned to earth to cause trouble, so they dressed in the costume and building bonfires to scare away, what was called Samhain (pronounced SOW-in). Many believe that Pope Boniface IV began the celebration of All Saints of Christians to provide an alternative to the celebration of Samhain, which they consider wrong. Today, Samhain is connected with the meaning of Halloween.
All Saints Day was originally celebrated by the Christians during the month of May in the Pantheon, when it was rebuilt, Christianity Today reported. He was known as All Saints Day and the night before was known as All Hallow-E’en, or the Eve of All Saints, so that another connection between All Saints Day and Halloween.
Besides the Eve of All Saints and All Souls Day, the church also appointed the following day, November 2, All Souls’ Day to recognize the dead. Ironically, it was held very similar to the Celtic celebration of Samhain, with bonfires and costumes.
Churchyear.net compares the All Saints Day, also known as the Feast of All Saints Day, Veterans Day, saying it is a day that is set aside to celebrate and remember all the saints known and unknown as that celebrate our veterans. On this day, Christians honor the saints and ask for your prayer and intercession. The site says it is mainly celebrated by the Catholic and Orthodox Christians, believing that the saints are alive and interceding on their behalf.
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