All Hallows’ Day

All Saint’s Day or All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas is a day of remembrance for Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Protestants, and some other Christian faiths. It can be traced to the Pagan Feast of the Lemures, where Romans offered beans to appease the dead, and also the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (itself similar to the Roman festival of Lemuria).

In France, November 1st is known as La Touissaint. For Guatemalans, All Saints’ Day is a national holiday, with the same being said for those in Portugal (Dia de Todos os Santos) and Spain (Dia de Todos los Santos).

For Mexicans and many others with Mexican heritage, All Saints’ Day falls during the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. This holiday can be traced back to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl (Lady of the Dead). Novemeber 1st can be referred to as Dia de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) and alternatively Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels).

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