Friday, October 31, 2008


HALLOWE'EN — All Hallows' Eve — the eve of All Saints' Day — is a Christian folk festival that has roots going back to the Celtic lands, combining folk traditions commemorating the dead with Christian piety. October 31st was the start of the new year in the British Isles and it was customary to honor those who had died that year; while in Rome, November 1st was early fixed as the day that all of the Saints in Heaven were honored; later the feast of All Souls, praying for those in Purgatory, was added on November 2nd.

G. Thomas Fitzpatrick of Recta Ratio has a wide variety of excellent postings on the season of All Saints: Click here.

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