All Hallow’s Day

Happy All Hallow’s Day! 

Did you know that Halloween is a derivative of Hallow’s Eve? It relates to the fact that it is the night before All Hallows Day, also known as Hallowmas, or All Saint’s Day, or Day of the Dead, which is today, November 1st.

It was widely believed in Europe and other countries that the veil between the spiritual world and the mundane or earthly world became thinner during these few days. Many cultures also celebrate this time of year, as in Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Phillipines call it ‘Todos Los Santos’ or ‘All Saints’.

In Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, France, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, and American cities such as New Orleans, people take flowers to the graves of dead relatives. In Portugal people also light candles in the graves.

In Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Catholic parts of Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, the tradition is to light candles and visit the graves of deceased relatives.

To learn more about the tradition and history of today and its relation to Halloween, visit these links: