HALLOWEEN (ALL HALLOWS EVE)
A yearly celebration on October 31, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, the saints (hallows) and the martyrs. According to many scholars, All Hallows Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with possible pagan roots. This celebration is observed in many countries under different names but in fact, it is about honoring the Death. In the United States, it is celebrated by trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
DAY OF THE DEAD (Día de los Muertos)
A holiday celebrated by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey by building altars in their homes, with offerings of food and drink for the departed and they still hold grave-side vigils on 2 November, when they believe their relatives return to visit. Despite the name, Day of the Dead is more of a celebration of life.
In Haiti, it is known is Fet Gede. Fet Gede is a holiday very similar to Day of the Dead and is celebrated November 1- November 2. The Guédé are the family of Loas (spirits) that embodies the powers of Death and Fertility. Guédé spirits include Guédé Doubye, Guédé Linto, Guédé Loraj, Guédé Nibo and Guédé Ti Malis. They love the drum rhythm and the dance called Banda from the Haitian folklore. In possession, they will drink or rub themselves with a mixture of kleren( raw rum) and 21 piman bouk (very spicy peppers). The origin of all three is the focus on connecting with our past selves and ancestors to help make for a better living and future. Many other countries celebrate something similar, however there are different beliefs and rituals attached to it.
“For in this web of life, we are all connected and we are here as result of the efforts and energy of those who came before us.”