Halloween is just around the corner and people are getting ready to celebrate it. Many plan way ahead of time to get the perfect costume, make up, or mask. Children wait anxiously for October 31st, being that is the only day of the year where you can stuff yourself with candy and not be judged by it. But, what’s the connection between Halloween and the All Saints’/ Souls’ Day?
Since the night before All Saints Day, “All Hallows Eve”, now known as Hallowe’en or Halloween, was the vigil and required fasting, many recipes and traditions have come down for this evening, such as pancakes, boxty bread and boxty pancakes, Irish fruit bread with hidden charms, and colcannon. This was also known as “Nutcrack Night” in England, where the family gathered around the hearth to enjoy cider and nuts and apples. People would also go begging for a “soul cake” and promise to pray for the donor’s departed friends and family in exchange for the treat, an early version of today’s “Trick or Treat.”
November 2 was then designated to pray for all the departed souls in Purgatory, the Feast of All Souls. In many countries this is an important day. Families cook special foods and make a special day’s outing to cemeteries to tend to the graves, pray for the dead (like in Mexico where “el Dia de Los Muertos” is celebrated).
This Week at Canisius we will be celebrating the All Souls’ day/ Saints’ day: