It’s no wonder there’s confusion about All Saints’ Day. As if becoming a saint weren’t hard enough, imagine having your celebration squeezed between two other holidays.
You do have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can be an unknown saint and still have your day. However, there was a time when recognition was hard to come by, and it hasn’t improved much over the centuries.
All Saints’ Day falls on November 1, the day after Halloween and the day before All Souls’ Day. The focus of Halloween has changed over time, and All Souls’ Day is reserved for prayers for those in purgatory.
In between these two somber observances, All Saints’ Day remains a celebration of glory for saints both known and unknown. It is a day of feasting and honor, with faith that we are enriched by the examples learned from their lives.
The holiday is observed by many people, but it’s not well-known outside the Catholic Church. However, in a locale known for revelry, the citizens shake off their Halloween hangovers on November 1, and respectfully honor All Saints’ Day.
New Orleans takes great pride in its traditions and devoted care of its historic cemeteries. On this special day, the populace respectfully tends to family burial sites.
It’s easy to believe that all the saints gone before approve of these observances filled with fond remembrances. Judgement is never passed over who is saint and who is sinner. All Saints’ Day is special for them all.