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All Souls Day

How to Honor the Real Isis: Goddess of Magical Healing

Annie Finch | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Annie Finch

When you hear the acronym "ISIS" lately, unfortunately, you probably recognize it as an acronym of terror and brutality. This is a shame, because "Isis" is a word that has much to offer us.

Jaweed Kaleem

Why Death Is On The Minds Of Many Major Religions

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2014 | 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...

Breaking the Code of Silence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.

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.

A Holiday Worth Celebrating

Sandy Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Sandy Goodman

Millions of our Latin-American neighbors, and some of us, have just celebrated a wonderful holiday. It's a shame that so many millions of Americans are not even aware of it, and have never considered whether our neighbors have an idea worth adopting.

Inviting the Souls of the Dead

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

El Día de los Muertos is amongst the most holy and the most human of all our holidays. We are reminded of how precious life is, and how sacred our relationships with the people we love. And not least, we are reminded of how death cannot steal our joy if we embrace it and keep the connection to the dead.

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.

What if Halloween and All Souls Day Were Observed as a Single Holiday in the US?

Veronique Pittman | Posted 01.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Veronique Pittman

I think many would agree that Halloween is in need of an image makeover, and what better time than now to re-examine this American tradition in an increasingly Latin-influenced country.

Remembering Our Loved Ones On All Souls Day: Send in Yours Photos

Posted 11.02.2012 | Religion

Observed by several Christian denominations, All Soul’s Day is observed on November 2 following All Saints Day. It is a time to remember those who ...

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 ...

On The Day Of The Dead, How I Finally Learned To Pray For The Soul Of My Difficult, Alcoholic Father

Pythia Peay | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Pythia Peay

It was only through Joe Carroll's death and dying that I was finally able to draw close to the man I'd long ago fled. Before that, the idea of honoring my father after he'd departed this world would have seemed unimaginable.

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...

Día de los Muertos

Mary Pritchard | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

We're all so concerned with getting ahead and keeping up with the Joneses these days that sometimes we forget that one day the Joneses won't matter anymore. And that's the day you need to prepare for.

Celebrating Life, Death, And The Space In Between

Stephanie Bennett Vogt | Posted 01.02.2012 | Fifty
Stephanie Bennett Vogt

I can only imagine what the final ride will be like to the other side when our time comes. But if Steve Jobs' final words are any indication, I'd like to think that it will be an exquisite homecoming.

World Celebrations For Day Of The Dead

Posted 12.28.2011 | World

Each year in the beginning of November, millions around the world honor and remember their deceased loved ones. From Latin America to the Philippines,...

Spooky Secrets: A Brief History of Halloween

Chris McGowan | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Chris McGowan

Halloween no longer retains the sense of awe and wonder associated with Hallows Eve and Samhain in the past, yet it remains an intriguing, still-evolving ritual that fuses a wealth of folk beliefs and cultural traditions.

Between Scary And Silly: A Pagan Spiritual Reflection On Halloween

Wes Isley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wes Isley

Halloween may be silly on the surface, but Samhain offers us the opportunity to face the deeper difficulties of life and death. When you've had your fill of candy corn and costumes, take a moment to step outside: A new year is beginning.

Day of the Dead 2010 Celebrations Kick Off Internationally (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For many Roman Catholics around the world, Halloween is officially old news, as many will partake in colorful celebrations today to mark another spook...