Thursday, October 26, 2006

[all hallows] for those who might not know

Well, that major holiday, All Hallows Day, is coming up on Nov 1st. "Hallows" is the Old English for "holy man"; hence a saint. The French call it Toussaint. It’s traditionally traced to Pope Boniface IV who, between 603 and 610, changed the heathen Pantheon into the Christian church and dedicated it to the honour of the martyrs but some trace it to the time of Pope Gregory III (731-741). Originally held on May 1st, in the year 834 it was changed to November 1st. What exciting things to do on the day? Pray for the Saints and be one. That’s it. Read about the other Oct 31st to Nov 2nd holidays here.

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