All Saints Day 2019: Every year on November 1st, Spain and other countries around the world celebrate a holiday of remembrance in honor of their deceased relatives and friends. This holiday is known as All Saints Day (All Saints’ Day).
All Saints Day 2019
Observed nationwide, many families, especially those of the older generations, gather in the cemeteries bearing bouquets of fresh flowers to visit their departed loved ones and keep their memory alive.
The traditional thing to do on November 1st is to purchase flowers and take them to decorate your loved ones’ graves. You can see one of these traditional scenes in the movie Volver by Pedro Almodóvar. Churches also hold special masses in memory of all the people who have passed away and the cemeteries are filled with color from every type of flower imaginable. In fact, this is the day of the year when most flowers are sold.
Another activity, especially popular in the north of Spain, is to head out to the streets or the countryside for a traditional Castaneda, in which friends and family together to eat castañas (chestnuts). The nuts are roasted either traditionally, in a small campfire, or in a more modern way, on a portable grill.
All Saints Day 2019 Traditional Sweet Treats for the Day of All the Saints
All Saints’ Day is the best time to eat special treats like bueñuelos de Viento (wind fritters), huesos de Santo (saint’s bones), and panelists (a Catalan pastry).
Buñuelos de Viento
These dough fritters are filled with custard, chocolate, cream, or whatever your heart desires. No one knows exactly when this treat was invented, but we know it dates at least back to the 1600s because King Phillip II’s cook made some references to it. Legend has it that when you eat a buñuelo, a soul is released from purgatory. This has made eating buñuelos a popular custom on All Saints’ Day.
Huesos All Saints Day
Saint’s bones are made of marzipan rolled into finger-sized tubes. They don’t really look like bones, so don’t worry about the name. The name comes from the final coloring it acquires after being baked and covered in syrup: a bone-like beige hue. Huesos All Saints Day are also traditionally filled with a sweet egg yolk concoction, but nowadays you can get all different types of filling, from chocolate to coconut shavings to marmalade, banana, etc.).
These are typical treats in Catalonia. Panellets are made of almonds, potatoes, sugar, and pine nuts. They’re sold in pastry shops and bakeries in the days leading up to All Saints Day and are often enjoyed together with a bottle of muscatel wine.
All Saints Day Prayer
Patriarchs who were the seed
of the tree of faith in remote centuries,
to the divine conqueror of death,
pray for us. Prophets that you tear inspired of the future, the mysterious veil, to which you drew the light of darkness, pray for us.
Candid Souls, Innocent Saints
who increase the choir of the angels,
who called the children to their side,
pray for us.
Apostles whom you cast in the world
of the Church the powerful foundation,
to whom it is of the true depository
pray for us.
Martyrs who won your palm
in the arena of the circus, in red blood,
which gave you strength in the fighting,
pray for us.
Virgins like lilies
that summer clothed in snow and gold,
which is a source of life and beauty,
pray for us.
Monks who from life in combat
asked for peace to the silent cloister,
which is the iris of calm in the storms,
pray for us.
Doctors whose palms bequeathed us
of virtue and know rich treasure,
which is a stream of inexhaustible science,
pray for us.
Soldiers of the army of Christ,
Saints and Saints all,
pray that he forgives our sins
to Him who lives and reigns among you.
Chapter 6, 9-11
You, therefore, pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your Name;
come to your Kingdom; let your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Our daily bread give it to you today;
Chapter 6, 12-15
and forgive us our debts, just as we have forgiven our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
but if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Chapter 6, 16-18
When you fast, do not put on a sad face, like the hypocrites, who disfigure their faces so that men see that they fast; Truly, I tell you, they already receive their pay.
You, on the other hand, when you fast, perfume your head and wash your face,
so that your fast may be seen, not by men, but by your Father who is there, in secret; and your Father, who sees in the secret, will reward you.
Chapter 6, 19-21
Do not pile up treasures on earth, where there is moth and rust to corrode, and thieves who undermine and steal.
Accumulate rather treasures in heaven, where there is no moth or rust to corrode, nor thieves to undermine and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Chapter 6, 22-24
The light of the body is the eye. If your eye is healthy, your whole body will be luminous;
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And, if the light in you is darkness, what darkness there will be!
No one can serve two masters; because he will hate one and love the other; or else he will give himself to one and despise the other. You can not serve God and Money.
Chapter 6, 25-27
That is why I say to you: Do not be worried about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will wear. Is not the life worth more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the sky: they do not sow, nor harvest, nor gather into barns, and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than them?
For the rest, who of you can, no matter how much you worry, add a single elbow to the measure of your life?
Chapter 6, 28-30
And about the dress, why worry? Observe the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not tire or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon, in all his glory, dressed as one of them.
Well, if the grass of the field, which is today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, God so you dress, will not much more with you, men of little faith?
Chapter 6, 31-34
Do not walk, then, worried saying: What are we going to eat? What are we going to drink? What are we going to wear?
That for all these things Gentiles are striving; for your heavenly Father already knows that you need all this.
Seek first his Kingdom and his justice, and all these things will be given to you in addition.
So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough with its own evil.
All Saints Day Costumes
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