The 2nd of November is All Souls’ Day. In the church calendar, it is designated as the day on which you can help those in purgatory with your prayers.
In Mexico, it is observed as el dia de los muertos.
In Italy, families will visit family graves, tidy them, and leave out small gifts of food and drink. It’s traditional to enjoy sweet treats on this day.
In some parts of England, people made Soul Cakes. Children took the small cakes door to door and traded them for small change or candies. The cakes would be eaten at supper that night, with some set out for the souls of dead relatives who might pop by as well.
The first person who know of who championed November the 2nd as being All Souls’ Day was Odilo, the Abbot of Cluny, who proclaimed it for the massive Abbey at Cluny and its subsidiary priories. Löffler, Klemens. “St. Odilo.” The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 15 September 2016
It came to be in people’s minds a day when the dead could visit the living.
Today, the tradition of All Soul’s Day has largely merged with or even been supplanted by Hallowe’en.
All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. BBC. 20 October 2011. Accessed October 2021 at https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/allsaints_1.shtml
The Traditional Dishes of All Saints’ Day. St Albans, Hertfordshire: DiForti. 26/10/2017. Accessed October 2021 at https://shop.diforti.com/traditional-dishes-souls-day/
|↑1||Löffler, Klemens. “St. Odilo.” The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 15 September 2016|