Wednesday, November 3, 2010

DIFFERENCES: Halloween, All Saints' Day & All Souls's Day

When I was still starting this blog, I had in my mind to put a regular post about differences and/or arguments about stuffs commonly misunderstood, misconceptions to say. I just realized that this maybe the time to start it though I think it won't be regular. 

Many of my folks often got confused with the date of Halloween and All Saints' Day. So without further ado, here's my first and official post about DIFFERENCES.

It is an annual holiday observed on October 31.
It is also called Hallowe'en, All Hallows’ Eve, and All Saints’ Eve.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.

Therefore, Halloween is on October 31 not November 2.

It is celebrated on November 1.
It is also called Solemnity of All Saints, All Hallows, Hallowmas and often shortened to All Saints.

It is celebrated by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

Therefore, November 1 is not Halloween, just All Hallows Day.

It is a commemoration of the faithful departed usually on November 2 and in some places, on several times of the year.

It is also called Feast of All Souls, Defuncts' Day, and Commemoration of the Faithful Departed.

*Just additional information
Devil's Night or Hell Night is a name associated with October 30, the night before Halloween.

1. Halloween is on October 31 not November 1.
2. November 1 is All Saints' Day and not Halloween.
3. All Souls' Day is on November 2 (though in some places, it is different).

I actually planned to make ambigrams for DIFFERENCES post but with those words [Halloween, All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day], I'm sure you'll agree that it is indeed a very difficult job to do.

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