Intro to Allhallowtide
Allhallowtide is the group of Christian holidays that are on October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd. All Saints' Day and All Soul's Day were combined with Mesoamerican harvest celebrations durring Spanish occupation by Christian missionaries in order to create the Day of the Dead as we know it today.
All Hallows' Eve (Halloween)
Halloween's origins lie in the Celtic celebration of Samhain, a harvest festival and new year celebration during which the Celts believed the dead's spirits to join the living. Hyberdized Christian versions of Samhain's traditions became popular after the arrival of missionaries. All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, is the night before All Hallows and when the veil between the living and dead is thought to be thinnest.
All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day, otherwise known as All Hallows, is a catholic holiday commemorating saints both known and unknown. This holiday was a result of cultural compromises that allowed some aspects of earlier Celtic life to live on in Christian form. In spanish-speaking catholic countries offerings are built on this day; moreover, it corresponds with the Latin American holiday Dia de los Inocentes during which the lives of deceased children are celebrated. It is common for people to attend mass and visit the graves of their loved ones on this day.
All Souls' Day
Developed as a response to a lack of interest in Roman Catholic tradition, on this day unpurified souls that are unable to reach heaven due to venial sins which can be at least somewhat lessened by prayer.
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