All Souls Day - November 2
Thu Nov 2nd

All Souls Day

Every year on November 2nd, All Souls Day commemorates baptized Christians who are believed to be in purgatory. The day is also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.

Both All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead commemorate the souls of the dearly departed. However, they are not the same, and there are major differences between the two countries. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead began. This day is a commemoration of the departed. It's also a day of the dead trying to reunite with their loved ones for a short time.

On All Souls Day, Catholics are encouraged to pray for the souls of their loved ones. They do this because their souls could be in purgatory. Sinners are awaiting to be cleansed of their sins before ascending to heaven, and this is a temporary place of torture. In 1170, the idea of purgatory emerged during the Middle Ages. The teaching stems from a passage in the book of 2 Maccabees, which is included in the Catholic Bible. Souls die in purgatory if they are not in a perfect state of grace and communion with God when they die, according to Roman Catholics.

Most Protestant denominations observe All Souls Day, but they do not believe in purgatory. However, some protestant churches, such as the Anglicans, observe the day by praying for the dead. is a website that publishes articles about #allsoulsday

All Souls Day is not a Holy Day of Obligation, unlike All Saints Day, where Catholics are required to attend Mass. Despite this, there are still many Roman Catholic Churches that hold special services on this day. Priests wear black for mourning, violet for penance, or white for the hope of the resurrection during these services.

Other ways Catholics observe this day include:: Here are some ways Catholics observe this day.

  • Visit the remains of the deceased's grave site
  • Taking some of the departed's favorite things of the departed to their gravesite
  • To honor the dearly departed, Light candles were lit to honor the dearly departed
  • Create an online memorial page
  • Have a simple dinner with family members
  • Ask a priest to pray for the souls of deceased loved ones

With #AllSoulsDay, you can also post this day on social media.

All Souls Day is the celebration of all souls day in history

All Souls Day was held on the fifth Benedictine abbot of Cluny, Odilo. Cluny was located in France and is considered the most important monastery in Western Europe. Odilo had been abbot in 994. He selected November 2nd because it comes directly after All Saints Day.