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All Saints' Day

Learn From Ordinary Saints Who Live Among Us

Catherine Nagle | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Religious education, theology, degrees, and reflections from the highest religious order are central. But so are the vastly different challenges before us that are gifts to us from those living right around us!

Picnicking In Cemeteries for Day of the Dead

Christine Stoddard | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Christine Stoddard

El Día de los Muertos, the Mexican interpretation of Allhallowtide, celebrates and good-naturedly mocks death as a means of accepting and reducing fear of it.

Slideshow: Mexico's Trinity of Death in Michoacan

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 11.01.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

All photographs by Fabiola Chesnut, a native of Morelia, Michoacan, and Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Vir...

All Saints' Day 2015: Dates, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2015 | Religion

After the revelry and fanfare of Halloween comes a day of honoring the Catholic saints. Learn about the history and traditions of All Saints' Day belo...

Samhain 2015: Dates, Traditions And Rituals Of The Pagan New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic f...

Holy Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and La Catrina

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The culture of Mexico is not alone in its remembrance of death, but it is unique in how, more often than not, these commemorations are more festive than somber.

Me and My Saints

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

This year, in our church's All Saints celebration, I lit a candle to my birth parents Ken and Sophia, to birth grandparents Clinton and Jessie, to Katie and John, my saints I'll never meet, but whose genes are the weft and warp in the tapestry that is me.

Jaweed Kaleem

Why Death Is On The Minds Of Many Major Religions | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion

As his friends in Milwaukee don costumes for Halloween parties this weekend, 23-year-old Felipe Beltran will be observing a different tradition around...

An All Saints Ode to the Outrageous Expectations of an Extravagant God

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

My house is appropriately decked with jack-o-lanterns in the window, a bowl of candy is on the counter ready for any goblins who stop by this evening and the "Happy Halloween" yard flag is flying off the porch.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.

Daily Meditation: All Souls

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Windy City Happening: Redmoon Theater's Boneshaker 2013 (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 02.02.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

With November over, I take a look back at my favorite event this month -- Redmoon Theater's spectacular Boneshaker bash celebrating both Halloween and All Saint's Day!

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Anatomy of a Memorial

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

It occurs in a month full of and surrounded by relevant observances and seasons: All Saints and All Souls, when we remember the dead; Thanksgiving, when we express gratitude; Advent, when some of us anticipate Word-made-flesh.

LOOK: Incredible Photos Of All Saint's Day In The Philippines

Posted 11.01.2013 | Religion

All Saint's Day observances have commenced in the Philippines with candles and cemeteries. Families have been sprucing up the tombs of family members,...

10 Halloween Photos From Around The World

Posted 10.31.2013 | World

Halloween is here, and with it a slew of ghosts, pumpkins, witch hats, and candy filled tote bags! Though the western-style Halloween is believed to h...

An All Hallows' Eve Vigil to Begin Transgender Awareness Month

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

All Saints' Day also marks the first day of Transgender Awareness Month, with its own equivalent annual vigil, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate those slain in anti-transgender hate crimes.

All the Saints: (Luke 6:20-31)

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

In the Bible, blessings and curses are not 'how-to' instructions. Instead, blessings and curses create a set of values, an ethos that shapes how people are to understand God, themselves, and the world.

Mexico's Trinity of Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and La Catrina

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As they say in Mexico, "death is just and even-handed for everyone since we will all die." For many, this unalterable truth provides a strong reason to celebrate life while there is still time.

5 Amazing Facts About Día de Muertos

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

While the fall is the season for Día de Muertos, it's also when monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico. Legend has it that the butterflies are the souls of the deceased returning to earth.

Celebrating All Saints Day in the Philippines

Kevin Richberg | Posted 09.16.2013 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

Both Halloween and its temporal neighbor, All Saints Day, have their roots in age old Christian mythology, but they're celebrated in different countries with very different traditions.

Krakow's Surprising Autumn Charms

Trish Kinney | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Trish Kinney

Poles place flowers, candles and lanterns on the graves of family, friends and loved ones. By the time darkness falls, the cemeteries are ablaze with light and people.

Not All Celebrate Dead with Food

Elio Leturia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Elio Leturia

Celebrating death, especially with food, seemed so strange to me as South American Latino. When I asked about this to my Mexican friends they said that it was a way to celebrate the life that the dead person had had in this world.

PHOTOS: Colorful Scenes Mark Day Of The Dead

Posted 11.01.2012 | World

On the heels of Halloween comes yet another eccentric holiday: El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, which contrary to what you may think, is ...

The Saints Were, Yes, Funny

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Indeed, the more you know about the actual lives of the saints, the more it strikes you as bizarre that so many statues, paintings and mosaics of the saints show them as unsmiling men and women.

LOOK: El Día de los Muertos: An American Holiday

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.01.2012 | Latino Voices

As the trick-or-treating winds down, another holiday will begin. People around the country will light candles, craft images of death and visit the...