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All Saints’ Day is a Christian holiday dedicated to honor and commemorate the saints. It is also known as All Hallows’ Day or the Feast of All Saints. It is observed yearly on November 1 by the Western Churches and on the first Sunday of the Pentecost by the Eastern Churches.
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Key Facts & Information
- All Saints’ Day celebrates both known and unknown saints.
- Saints are those who are believed to have reached heaven.
- It is a holiday rooted in the belief that the world is spiritually connected to heaven.
- All Saints’ Day is considered a holy day of obligation, requiring Catholics to attend Mass.
- It is celebrated on November 1 by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, and Protestant Churches.
- It is celebrated on the first Sunday of the Pentecost by Eastern Orthodox Churches.
- It is an official public holiday in Catholic countries.
- It is not an official public holiday in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.
- Other names for it are All Hallows’ Day, Feast of All Saints, Solemnity of All Saints, and Hallowmas.
- It is the second part of Allhallowtide which lasts from October 31 to November 2.
- Hallow means “holy” in Old English.
- All Saints’ Day is not the same as All Souls’ Day. All Souls’ Day is dedicated to those who still have not reached heaven.
- Back when the Roman Empire persecuted Christians, a lot of martyrs died for their faith.
- A Greek Christian festival in the early fourth century was dedicated to honoring martyrs. It is believed to have ushered in All Saints’ Day.
- In 609 A.D., under Pope Boniface IV, the first All Saints’ Day is celebrated on May 13. He dedicated the Pantheon to the Virgin Mary and the Martyrs.
- In 837 A.D., Pope Gregory III made All Saints’ Day a holiday on November 1.
- It officially became a holy day of obligation under King Louis the Pious.
- People held vigils on the evening of October 31 to prepare for All Saints’ Day.
- The Church in Ireland celebrated it on April 20 so that it would not coincide with Samhain, a pagan festival.
- After the Protestant Reformation, Protestants stopped praying for the dead on All Saints’ Day. Instead, they commemorate the dead and those who have led holy lives on Earth.
- Methodists celebrate the day as a form of thanksgiving to God for the saints.
- Shakespeare coined the term “Hallowmas”.
- White is the liturgical color of All Saints’ Day.
- Common symbols associated with All Saints’ Day are images or sculptures of saints, Manus Dei (the hand of God), the crown, and a sheaf of wheat.
Customs Around the World
- In the United States, the day comes after the night of Halloween. It is not so much a religious tradition as much as it has become a cultural one.
- In Mexico, All Saints’ Day lasts for one week. It falls on the first day of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration.
- Mexicans hold parades and festivals at this time.
- In some Hispanic countries, like Spain, Mexico, and Portugal, the play “Don Juan Tenorio” is traditionally performed.
- In Portugal, children go door to door for candy on All Saints’ Day.
- Throughout Europe, flowers are offered on graves.
- In Eastern Europe, instead of giving flowers, people light candles.
- In the Philippines and France, people restore and repaint the tombs of their loved ones.
- If the holiday doesn’t fall on a Sunday, some countries waive the obligation of Catholics to attend mass.
- On this day, a reading of the Beatitudes is traditionally done.
- Hymns like “For All the Saints” and “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” are traditionally sung.
- The football team New Orleans Saints got its name from the dominant Catholic population in the state.
- In an All Saints’ Day feast, soul cakes and Irish bread with fruit are commonly served.
- St. Peter is a fisherman who became the head of the Church.
- St. Paul of Tarsus, formerly named Saul, persecuted Christians before he became a preacher of the Gospel.
- St. Francis of Assisi established the Order of Friars Minor called Franciscans. He was blessed with stigmata, the five wounds of Christ.
- St. Dominic founded the Order of Friars Preachers known as Dominicans. His motto is the Latin word veritas meaning ‘truth’.
- St. Anthony of Padua was called the “Hammer of Heretics” because of his oratory skills. He is the patron saint of lost objects.
- St. Thomas Aquinas is dubbed as the greatest intellectual mind of the Church. He is known for writing the Summa Theologica and composing for Corpus Christi.
- St. Patrick of Ireland successfully converted paganism to Christianity during his time as a bishop in Ireland.
- St. Therese of Lisieux is a Carmelite who entered the monastery at a young age and showed great spiritual maturity.
All Saints’ Day Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about All Saints’ Day across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use All Saints’ Day worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the All Saints’ Day which is a Christian holiday dedicated to honor and commemorate the saints. It is also known as All Hallows’ Day or the Feast of All Saints. It is observed yearly on November 1 by the Western Churches and on the first Sunday of the Pentecost by the Eastern Churches.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- All Saints’ Day Facts
- Holy Day
- Pair It Right
- Symbols of the Saints
- Order Of Events
- Saint Dictionary
- Famous Saints
- World Traditions
- The Beatitudes
- Class Production
- Remember, Remember
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