All Souls’ Day on November 2 is part of Allhallowtide, a Catholic time to remember the dead. On All Souls’ Day, families go to mass and tend family graves.
All Souls’ Day Traditions
The Roman Catholic tradition of All Souls’ Day started in Cluny, France in the Middle Ages and spread throughout the Christian world.
Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny, proposed the day after All Saints Day to honor all the dead. In the Middle Aged Christian way of thinking, Odilo was concerned about those souls who had not made it to heaven yet and were stuck in purgatory.
Il Giorno dei Morti
In Italy the day is Il Giorno dei Morti. In the Italian way, the day starts with a Requiem or Mass. There are many great Requiems in classical music. In Sicily, children leave their shoes outside doors and windows to be filled with little gifts.
Día de los Muertos ~ Day of the Dead
In Mexico, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a unique blend of Aztec and Catholic traditions that has become popular worldwide for its colorful celebrations.