All Saints Day 2020
Different peoples and in various calendars, both Orthodox and Catholic, have special holidays that are characteristic of specific religious branches. Such a celebration, for example, is All Saints Day. On such days, it is customary to remember the deceased relatives, offer prayers of praise to all the saints, and conduct traditional ceremonies.
When will All Saints Day be in 2020
Since there are differences between religious movements, the dates of holidays among the Orthodox and Catholics are also different.
In 2020, All Saints Day is celebrated by Orthodox believers on June 14, and Catholics will celebrate it on November 1.
Remembering this solemn date should not be particularly difficult, because in America and other Catholic countries, the celebration falls on the 1st day of November, and in Russia - a week after the Trinity. The modern meaning of the holiday with Christian roots is interpreted by representatives of the Lutheran and Catholic churches in their own way. But scientists are clearly tracing the day of All Saints real pagan sources.
A bit of history
The ancient Celtic tribes, who lived about 2000 years ago, marked a special day in the calendar - Samhain, which fell between the change of autumn and winter. Celtic pagans perceived this triumph as borderline time, filled with magic, miracles and even the resurrection of their ancestors. On this holiday, it became possible to travel between parallel worlds, to receive unique magical abilities.
But it was believed that it was possible to call from the world of spirits not only friendly entities, but also evil spirits. To prevent these creatures from bringing ills and diseases, they needed to be appeased. According to the most popular legend, on All Saints Day, the souls of the dead receive the opportunity to visit the living, and return to their homes before morning. At the same time, guests from the ghostly world demand to offer them sacrificial food.
The ancient Romans had a similar holiday called Feralius. When Christianity came, most pagan rites and beliefs were transferred to the church calendar, and received updated interpretations, their names changed. Initially, the Roman All Saints were honored on May 13, and many connected him with Pope Boniface the Fourth. In 969, this pontiff consecrated the Rotunda, which was dedicated to the celebration of Christian great martyrs, and the first of them was the Mother of God. On November 1, they established for the remembrance of All Saints in the 11th century, at the same time a name that came down to our days took shape.
Living in different countries dictates different traditions to peoples. The Austrians, for example, combine the triumph of All Saints with the next day, when it is customary to remember the dead. In Austria, everyone goes to the graves of dead relatives (find out the number of Radonitsa in 2020), hold memorial processions with candles on the streets, everyone sings songs. By the way, a burning candle is an indispensable attribute of the holiday. And in the Austrian regions, recalling all the drowned, wreaths are lowered into the water, or pieces of bread given to oncoming people.
In Tyrol, they even set up special tables with refreshments for the dead. The Belgians also hold similar ceremonies: they light candles, restore order on the graves, arrange flower bouquets. All Saints Day in Belgium is officially called non-working. In Spain, too, everyone is resting, in Galicia and Catalonia, chestnuts are roasted, and a fair is being held in Alicante. Residents of hot Madagascar consider the celebration an extremely important day, and arrange the reburial of their ancestors. The ashes of the dead, stored in family crypts, are taken out, wrapped in cloth, and brought home for one night. And the next morning they return the dust to their place. During the day, magnificent celebrations are held, with the participation of all those who live today.
The celebration of the Orthodox Church
All Saints are usually celebrated and Orthodox, but the holiday date does not coincide with the Catholics. The Orthodox Church calls to remember the dead when, after St. Trinity will take seven days. The legend says that on this day the Church was born, and the righteous and prophets are its children. As soon as the Christian faith was born, all the martyrs who suffered for the protection of Christ began to sing and exalt. For residents of Croatia, the day is a day off, and in Russia it is customary to visit cemeteries and commemorate the deceased.
At all times and among all nations, there were righteous and martyrs, ready to suffer for faith and religion. Temples were built in their honor, holidays were established, prayers were offered. A separate important celebration is All Saints Day, dedicated to all important personalities and simply deceased relatives.
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