November 1 and 2
All Saints’ Day/All Hallows’ Day
“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”
“Youth had only spring green tones; we others of the more advanced season, have a thousand shades, one more beautiful than the other.”
—Count De Bussy-Rabutin
All Saints’ or All Hallows’ Day, according to Pagan custom, begins as the Sun sets the evening before on Samhain, the Festival of the Dead. It was made into a celebration of all the known saints and martyrs of the Catholic Church in the seventh century. Originally, it was celebrated on May 13, but was shifted to this date in the eighth century to coincide with the Pagan Festival of the Dead. This is a time of intercession for the dead souls that have not yet been purified and ascended to the next plane. Family members and relatives send prayers for their loved ones in the hope of helping them. Mumming, bonfires, the decoration of graves, and fortune-telling games are associated with the celebration.