Tag Archives: All Saints Day

today’s birthday: Pope Leo X (1475)


Pope Leo X (1475)

Leo X, born into the important Florentine Medici family, rose to the papacy in 1513. He was a patron of the arts and a generous almsgiver, but he was also strongly criticized for his lavish lifestyle. He was not greatly interested in the advancement of the Church, and when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, Leo X’s subsequent excommunication of Luther did little to stem the tide of the Reformation. What massive animal did he keep as a pet? More… Discuss

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 9th, 2014: St. Juan Diego


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St. Juan Diego

Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 continue reading

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014: St. Bibiana


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St. Bibiana

St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr (Feast day – December 2nd) Other than the name, nothing is known for certain about this saint. However, we have the following account from a later tradition. In the … continue reading

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today’s holiday/celebration: Manger Yam


Manger Yam

Manger Yam is a harvest celebration of the yam crop observed in Haiti. It is considered taboo to eat any of the new yams before the festival for fear of falling ill or bringing ruin to the yam crop. In Vodoun belief, it is very important for people to maintain relationships with the dead, as well as with each other and the gods, so the deceased are included in the Manger Yam. In the Vodoun service, the priest or priestess leads prayers to the dead and to the gods and offers the first yams to them. After the ceremony, people feast on yam dishes and enjoy music and dancing. More… Discuss

Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”: great compositions/performances


Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”

November 14, 2014: Orthodox leader asks Pope to help find kidnapped bishops in Syria – from The Vatican-ROME REPORTS in English


Orthodox leader asks Pope to help find kidnapped bishops in Syria

Today’s holiday: Räben-Chilbi


Räben-Chilbi

Every year on the second Saturday in November, the town of Richterswil, Switzerland, celebrates a holiday named Räben-Chilbi, the largest turnip festival in Europe. On this day, school classes and clubs prepare for the “Räbeliechtli” procession, for which displays made from carved turnips lit with candles make their way around town. Approximately 26 tons of turnips and 50,000 candles are used each year. In addition, a wide variety of music and entertainment is part of the celebrations. More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Guatemala All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day


Guatemala All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

Throughout Latin America, All Saints’ Day, November 1, and All Souls’ Day, November 2, are treated like a single holiday. In Guatemala, the villagers of Todos Santos stretch these celebrations honoring the dead into a three-day-long affair by adding October 31. The highlight of the festival is the wild horse races, in which many of the riders have been drinking since the previous night. In the town of Santiago Sacatepéquez, people fly huge kites in the graveyard, and many attach prayers and notes for their deceased loved ones to the kites’ tails. More… Discuss

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: PARENTALIA


Parentalia

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More… Discuss

 

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