7 ways to celebrate All Saints Day 2018

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All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1 and what a wonderful way to greet November! All Saints Day is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and many Protestant Churches. This day is set aside as a day to remember those who have passed away, including saints, martyrs and other faithfully departed. Here is a list of ideas for how you and your children can celebrate All Saints Day this Thursday.

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1.All Saints Day Facts

Explain the Meaning Behind Halloween and All Saints’ Day

Take time sit down with your kids and talk about the connection between Halloween and All Saints’ Day. Here is a list of All Saints Day facts:

  • All Saints' Day is celebrated on November 1st in Western Christianity and the first Sunday following Pentecost in Eastern Christianity.All Saints' Day is also known as All Hallows, Solemnity of All Saints, Hallowmas, and Feast of Saints.

  • The liturgical color of All Saints' Day is white.

  • The first All Saints' Day was celebrated in Rome in May of 609, under Pope Boniface IV.

  • Some believe that All Saints' Day is the result of Greek Christian tradition from the 4th century, when a festival was held to honor saints and martyrs on the Sunday following Pentecost.

  • Pope Gregory IV made All Saints' Day a holiday in 837.

  • Mexico celebrates All Saints' Day with a week-long celebration. This celebration includes festivals, parades, and dances.

  • The football team called the New Orleans Saints was given its name because of New Orleans' large Catholic Church population.

  • Some All Saints' Day feasts include Irish bread with fruit, soul cakes, and cabbage served with boiled potatoes.

  • Symbols that are commonly associated with All Saints' Day include images of specific saints, the crown, the hand of God, and a sheaf of wheat.

  • In some countries such as the Philippines and in France, people visit the graves of their loved ones on All Saints' Day to make repairs or clean the graves.

  • All Saints' Day is a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and in some parts of Switzerland and Germany.

  • All Saints' Day is not a nationwide public holiday in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., or Australia, but it is still observed by many Christians in these countries.

  • In Mexico and in Spain it is tradition for the play titled "Don Juan Tenorio" to be performed on All Saints' Day.

  • All Saints' Day in Mexico falls on the same day as the beginning of the Day of the Dead, which honors infants and children who have died.

  • On All Saints' Day Portuguese children go door to door receiving gifts of sweets, candies, nuts, and cakes, similar to Halloween.

  • Songs that are commonly sung on All Saints' Day include "I Sing a Song of the Saints of God", "Sine Nomine", and For All the Saints".

  • Shakespeare referred to All Saints' Day as Hallowmas.

  • All Souls' Day follows All Saints' Day.

  • All Souls' Day celebrates the departed who are not yet purified and therefore have not yet reached Heaven.

2 Participate in an All Saints’ Trunk-or-Treat at your Parish

Even if your parish does not hold a trunk or treat, there is almost always a local church that does. Don’t be afraid to participate in their event. These events are always a fun and safe way for your children to participate in Halloween/All Saints Day.

3.Have Your Children Dress as Their Favorite Saint

This is a super fun way to teach your children about the Saints.  Challenge yourself to make an outfit from what you have on hand-it’s just more fun that way!  Here are some ideas and inspiration.

4. Paint your pumpkins with saintly images

Instead of carving your jack-o-lantern, considering painting your pumpkins like your favorite saints, here are some ideas for inspiration.

5. Reverse Trick or Treating

Dress your children in their saints costumes and serve those often forgotten! Visit a nursing home on All Saints Day and share some treats with the residents. You will make their day and I promise it will make your children (and you) beam with joy!

6. Read a Saint Story

My favorite way to teach anything is through a well written story. You can choose to read saint stories (here are some of our favorites) or watch a saint story on Formed.

7. Go to Mass

Join the Saints around the altar and receive the wealth of grace freely given at God’s table.  After all, this is a Holy Day of Obligation and is just as important as attending on Sunday!