All Soul’s Day is a religious holiday which is dedicated to our departed loved ones. This day is intended to offer prayers and to commemorate for the souls of the dead, known or unknown. Contrary to other festivals and other special holidays, All Soul’s is one of the most peaceful and quiet among other celebrations as people attend mass and offer prayers for the souls of their families and friends.
- 1 All Soul’s Day Philippines 2014
- 2 All Soul’s Day Philippines – Remembering the Dead
- 3 Main Attractions – All Soul’s Day in the Philippines
- 4 Interesting Information about All Soul’s Day Philippines
- 5 Recommendations
- 6 Useful Information
All Soul’s Day Philippines 2014
All Soul’s Day Philippines is an annual event which is celebrated on November 2. This year, it will be celebrated as usual on November 2, 2014 which falls on a Sunday.
However, celebration for All Soul’s Day in the Philippines is being held as early as October 31 where Filipino families would start to camp out in cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and spend the night with the rest of the family. As Filipino families love to spend time together, this occasion has been considered as a great reason to come together, eat and catch up with their extended family.
All Soul’s Day Philippines – Remembering the Dead
All Soul’s Day is a day which is intended for the dead as we offer prayers for the souls of our departed loved ones.
Main Attractions – All Soul’s Day in the Philippines
Visit the cemetery with the family
While most people from across the world are busy preparing for their Halloween festivities and are excited to head on to some costume parties, Filipino Families would head out to the cemetery to clean and repaint the gravesite of their loved ones. Later on, they shall go there with the entire family to light some candles, offer flowers and pray for the soul of their loved ones.
As this event is expected to be a public holiday, Filipino families would have longer time to spend with their extended family and consider this as a great time to bond and catch up.
History of All Soul’s Day in the Philippines
Some people believe that the origins of All Soul’s Day were rooted from the European Folklore and belie of ancestor veneration. Some European traditions dating back to 100 AD reflects the dogmatic invention of purgatory and chiming for the souls would bring comfort to them. In the same way, lighting candles was meant to kindle a light for the dead souls languishing in the darkness.
Interesting Information about All Soul’s Day Philippines
In the Philippines, All Soul’s Day is mostly celebrated for 2 days, also covering November 1 which is intended as All Saints’ Day. We call these days as “Undas”.
In Bolivia, many people believe that the dead eat the food that is left out for them.
In Malta, many people make pilgrimages to graveyards not only to visit the graves of their loved ones, but to experience the special day in all its significance.
National Holiday: Please be guided that All Soul’s Day is considered a National Holiday. All government offices are closed during this day.
Heavy Traffic: With the majority of people heading out to the church and cemeteries, expect heavy traffic on the day itself. Also, cemeteries would be closed to all vehicles during the afternoon. So, if you wish to avoid the long walk and search for a great parking space inside the cemetery, it is best to come in the morning.
Location: Nationwide. This event is celebrated all over the country.
Date: All Soul’s Day is an annual event which is celebrated on November 2. This year, it will be celebrated as usual on November 2, 2014 which is Sunday.
All Soul’s Day Philippines 2015
The All Soul’s Day in the Philippines will be commemorated on a Monday, 2nd day of November 2015.