Celebrating holidays is a challenge right now as we forego regular traditions for our health safety. We can’t really meet face-to-face to observe these significant events. And likewise, All Saints Day will be celebrated at home. But why do we celebrate All Saints day?
History of All Saints Day
Originally celebrated on May 13, Pope Boniface (609 AD) commenced All Saints’ day dedicated to honoring the Virgin Mary and all Martyrs during those times. But then, Pope Gregory III (731-741 AD) established the new date at November 1 to revere all saints. And this has been practiced all over the world ever since.
Unlike other saints, like St. Thomas Aquinas, some saints don’t have specific celebration dates. That’s why All Saints Day celebrated All the Saints in the world.
And in the Philippines, it’s more than just celebrating our holy brothers and sisters. The dates also honor our departed loved ones in “Undas.”
But who says you can’t fully relish the holidays at home? We got you covered! Here are 5 simple ways to celebrate All Saints Day online.
Commemorate the Life of Our Saints
Do you know the story of our Saints? There are over 10,000 saints recognized by the Catholic church, of which some are lost in history.
It might be high time to know some of them during this holiday season. You can start with this list of saints. And share them with your family.
Do Reverse Trick-or-Treating
All Saint’s Day comes after carnivalesque Halloween! From all the trick-or-treating, maybe it’s our turn to give treats as well.
You can share your blessing with your favorite church or any foundation with a good cause. It will surely make the saints smile as you help the people in need.
Honor Your Departed Loved Ones
You don’t have to be Catholic to honor your departed loved ones. They were part of our lives. And one way or another, they have impacted who we are as a person today.
You can take turns in sharing your most memorable moments with them. Let’s adorn their image with candles, food, and flowers to show our appreciation for their life well lived.
Feast on Their Favorite Meals
As Filipinos, a celebration always comes with delectable dishes to feast on. Remember your lola’s kaldereta or your lolo’s favorite crispy pata? Why not prepare the favorite meals of our departed loved ones? It’s a subtle way of celebrating their life this All Saints day.
Keep their memories in your hearts while you fill your stomach with their favorite food.
We can’t meet in person. But that doesn’t stop us from celebrating with the whole clan. And if we talk about Filipino clans, it can be a lot of people! Set up a Zoom call for this reason. In this way, you can all be present virtually while celebrating.
We can all adjust to how the world works today. With the tips above, you can surely celebrate a fruitful All Saint’s Day with your family and friends in mind. Have a fruitful holiday!