The Western Christian triduum of Allhallowtide is upon us — All Saints’ Eve (Halloween, Oct 31), All Saints’ Day (Nov 1), and All Souls’ Day (Nov 2).
Allhallowtide is a time to remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed. The present date of Hallowmas (All Saints’ Day) and thus also of its vigil (Hallowe’en) were observed as holy days of obligation.
Practiced by Christians initially but popularized by the public and soon turned into commercial enterprises all over the world.
Today this multi-day holiday is celebrated internationally in many diverse cultures. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends who pray for and remember loved ones who have died, and assist them on their spiritual journey.
In the Philippines where we grew up, Hallowmas is called Undás, Todos los Santos (Spanish, “All Saints”), and sometimes “Araw ng Patay or Yumao” (Tagalog, “Day of the dead or those who have passed away”), which actually refers to the following day of All Souls’ Day.
Whatever your belief or background, it is a special time to remember our ancestors with sacred offerings in whatever way is appropriate for them and us.
Whether we spend our time visiting the dead, preparing special altars, joining in parades or processions, trick or treating — we carry out these rituals that symbolize tradition, loss, and hope.
In gratitude for those who have gone ahead and paved the way for us — private and personal practices can be shared openly in community, including all others in our circle.
Happy All Hallows Eve to all!
Originally published at http://diywellbeing.blogspot.com.