Monday, November 2, 2009

All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day - time of meditation and reflection...

All Saints' Day falls on November 1, followed by All Souls' Day on November 2, and is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

In Portugal and Spain, oferendas (offerings) are made on this day. In Portugal children celebrate the Pão-por-Deus tradition. In Spain, the play Don Juan Tenorio is traditionally performed. In Mexico, All Saints coincides with the celebration of Day of the Innocents ("Día de los Inocentes"), the first day of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration, honoring deceased children and infants. In Portugal, children go door to door where they receive cakes, nuts and pomegranates.

 Slavs and Roms, they have the tradition of revelry. They make on graves true feasts. They bring the food, sit on graves and discuss. They like something to drink and eat. They often pour out on the grave wine.
In Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain people bring flowers to the graves of dead relatives.

  In Poland like in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Catholic parts of Germany, the tradition is to light candles and visit the graves of deceased relatives.
In my country (Poland) people lighting candles also on forget graves –in this time we resemble the persons who died and we wonder about fragility of our life…
MY SMALL GALLERY - All Saints Day in Poland

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