Commemorating All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day
here’s a 3 days festival of three several moments: Recently was Halloween, today is All Saints’ Day, and tomorrow is All Souls’ Day.
On Guam, Halloween is praised with much creativity, impulse, and entertainment with families and friends coming together. It is a pleasant time of bonding with moms, dads and their kids draped in the similarity of their beloved characters.
With that being said, many of our young people may not know much about Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day, and Nov. 2, which is All Souls’ Day. They may consider these days simply as the days after the fun-filled adventure of Halloween.
Both of these days have importance for Christians on Guam and throughout the world.
All Saints’ Day
All Saints’ Day is a celebration to remember all the saints of the christian church who sank as martyrs defending their Christian Belief. All saints are gathered to be in the delightful radiance of felicity. Churches in the Westward world, observe All Saints’ Day in November, while in the churches in the East recognize it on the first Sunday following Pentecost.
In some nations including France and Germany, All Saints Day is a government holiday. Individuals may light candles in the church or adorn the graves of their cherished ones.
All Souls’ Day
The Catholic Church ceremoniously observes Nov. 2 as All Souls’ Day. It is a celebration to celebrate all the believers that have died before us. It is one of the states of Guam’s public celebrations. This year, it falls on a Saturday, which involves the local administration and some private corporations will close their offices in the comment of the public holiday on Friday. The federal holiday is evidence of Guam’s history of showing honor and recognition of their beloved who are departed. Many folks will offer praise at the gravesite of their affectionately beloved.
The Archdiocese of Agana has programmed Masses at local graveyards to help Catholics in their devotions for their beloved ones. It is a very important Guam custom that is meant to honor, pay tribute and admiration for their loved ones who will never be overlooked.