When I was a kid, All Saints Day meant having to get up and go to church the morning after Halloween. However, we didn’t have school if it fell on a weekday, so that was the primary attraction of the holiday for me.
I was reading online about Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) last night and wondered if the actual dates of the celebration coincided with Halloween. I found that November 1 and 2 are the days of the celebration in Mexico; and that November 1 is a day for remembering departed children, while November 2 is for remembering deceased adults.
The idea of November 1 being a day of remembrance for children is new to me, and it’s much sadder than the notion of celebrating the saints, which was the purpose of All Saints Day that was taught to us at St. Cecilia’s. I guess it was supposed to be for saints who didn’t have their own feast days, but it still projected it to a higher plain than honoring the everyday people no longer in our lives, especially children. It makes my heart ache to think of the altars to children who have passed on, and to the flowers and toys and candles on their graves. I hope the rituals of November 1 are a great comfort to all those who mourn the lost children in their lives.