November Is Stuffed With Holidays!


Edith Felipe, Featured Writer

The month of November is well-known in the United States for its notorious holiday, Thanksgiving Day. However, there are many who are not aware of the other celebrations that partake in this month. 

All Saints Day

Starting off with the very first day of the month, we have All Saints Day which is celebrated in the Catholic church. Its origins come from the time of the Roman Empire when they would persecute many Christians who were considered martyrs as they died for their faith. This holiday, also known as All Hallows’ Day, is to honor all the saints of the Catholic Church. Though it may seem like a simple celebration, its meaning is deeper than one may think and involves a profound connection between the people of the church. This day serves as a yearly reminder to Catholics that they are not alone in life and that we have God, Saints, and our passed loved ones to guide us into infinite paradise. 

Dia de los Muertos – “Day of the Dead”

Very similar to All Saints Day, this holiday is special to those that are part of Mexican culture. This celebration lasts for two days, starting on November 1st and ending on November 2nd. The day is seen as a bridge between life and death that is able to reunite deceased loved ones with those who are still living. Though it might seem like a day for mourning, it is actually one filled with joy and hope that they will one day be reunited in the afterlife. To celebrate, families create ofrendas (offerings) to honor their deceased family members and these altars are decorated with the official flower of this holiday (marigold flowers), photos of the deceased, and the favorite foods of the one being celebrated. Another special aspect of this holiday is Calaveras (Skulls) which are drawn with smiles as a mockery towards death itself. 

Christ the King Day

This day is also a very special day among Catholics and Christians. It marks the end of the last Sunday of the liturgical year and prepares Catholics for the birthday of Jesus Christ, December 25th. Celebrated on November 20th, this day serves as a reminder that Christ reigns above all and that his kingdom is an eternal one.