4 Days Of Halloween: All Souls' Day

Many people know of October 31 as the one true day to Halloween. How many people know of the other three days that are related to it?

All four of the days in most cases draw their ties to both the Catholic Church and the Pagans. For the Pagans it is the start of a new year or the end to Summer. The Catholics recognize November 1st as All Saint's Day and November 2nd as All Soul's Day.

There are multiple meanings to each respective day, but we will attempt to break these down in a fashion that will make the best sense. This break down will be based on the respective day. The accuracy of this information is subjective to the overall category or a specific subgroup of that category.

November 2nd - Day Of The Dead/All Souls' Day

Common View: To most of the world this is just another common day.

Pagan View: To most this is just another common day.

Catholic View: Once more this day has dual meanings. This part will be broken down into two respective paragraphs to give proper focus on each view.

November 2nd is viewed by many as the day following Day Of The Dead, but also has been viewed as part of that same event. As those of the dead have come to see their families and friends, this is a day where the living can help guide the dead back to Heaven. Many will spend the day in church, prayer, or just spending time with family. Most often the prayers will be to a patron Saint to help guide the dead family members back to Heaven.

The view of All Souls' Day is that this is the one day where those of the living may seek penitence for those that haven't made it to Heaven. The one day where those that have died can have extra voices prayed for their salvation and eventual acceptance into Heaven.

There may be some that will want to dispute this, and there may be some that is argue the information disclosed. This is merely a generalization of the main views of these four days and not dictum of how all people reserve these days.

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