Today is All Souls’ Day, also known as the commemoration of All Faithful departed and the Day of the Dead and it is held on 2nd November every year. The day is celebrated by praying or remembering the souls who have died. All the souls are observed by Catholics and Christian Sect. The main purpose to remember the soul is to pray for the souls who tortured by someone that makes the reason for their death. Those people in purification are still considered members of the Church and have to suffer to overcome any kind of sins. Prayer and the offering of the Arpan Mass help in reducing their suffering. The All Soul’s Day was popularised by the French within the Christian tradition.
In 998AD, French Monks choose a specific day for remembering and praying for the departed souls and after that, every year, All Soul’s Day celebrated on 2nd November. It began as a local feast but under one’s breath spread throughout the Catholic Church during the following century. During the year, The Eastern Orthodox believes several days as All Soul’s Day. The festivals of the dead can be shown to have a pagan origin at this time of the year. The day came with the festival appearing across cultures as Peru.
The timing of the festivals is likely to be associated with the autumn equinox. In Japan, this day is celebrated as the Autumnal Equinox holiday that involves respect for the dead. The Pagan belief that the soul of the dead returned to take the last meal with the family. The family members put candles on the windows that help the souls to guide them to come back to the house. All Soul’s Day is a very precious day for the souls and the family members are remember and pray for them.
“Deep down inside we always seek for our departed loved ones.”
“Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.”
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”
All Soul’s Day observed by many Countries’ Catholics
The day is celebrated in many countries and the most common places are Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Italy. All the places are observed the day in their own way like In Germany, they observed a whole week as All Soul’s Week from October 30th to November 8th. All Soul’s Day is very popular among Christian Sect and Catholics. All the people who want to remember and pray for the departed souls have observed them on the day and leaves some final meal for them and invites them by putting a candle on the window.