It is no Longer news that every 31st day of October every year is Halloween’s Day, where everyone wears there costumes especially to Halloween night parties, but the next day being the 1st of November has been earmarked by Christians worldwide especially in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations worldwide.
All Saints’ Day is an opportunity for worshippers to remember saints and martyrs throughout history especially those of the early Christian Church.
The question is why do Christians celebrate All Saints’ Day? Here’s everything you need to know.
When is All Saints’ Day?
Do you know that All Saints’ Day also known as All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas, is celebrated on November 1, the day after Halloween. It comes just after the pagan holiday of Samhain and is directly followed by the Mexican Day of the Dead festival and another Christian holiday, All Souls’ Day. If you remember the Mexican movie, coco?
In Eastern Orthodox and associated Eastern Catholic churches, All Saints’ Day is observed on the first Sunday following Pentecost.
Why do Christians celebrate it?
Lets us go down memeory lane, All Saints’ Day has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it wasn’t until 609AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs. Prior to this, the Feast of All Holy Martyrs, as it was then known, was celebrated on May 13th.
Then in 837AD Pope Gregory IV extended the holy day to remember all saints, changed its name to the Feast of All Saints and changed the date to November 1.
This date and day was significant as it’s thought that the date was chosen to replace the end of harvest time and the Gaelic festival of Samhain, known as the “Festival of the Dead”. According to the Catholic tradition, the holiday honours those who have passed on to the Kingdom of Heaven.
In Nigeria, All Saints Day 2019, is being celebrated today Friday being the 1st day of November, 2019. All Catholics are supposed to go for Holy Mass by 6:00pm.