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Could we move Halloween to a different day? Yes and no.

J. H. Osborne • Oct 30, 2018 at 2:15 PM

We recently saw an online poll asking if Halloween should be "moved" to the last Saturday of October.

You could move Halloween-related activities such as parties, trick-or-treating, dressing in costume to any day you find convenient. We've seen that right here in our community over the last week or so. But Halloween's origins connect it to the Oct. 31 date.

This week's Tuesday Trivia: All Saints Day.

Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day, perhaps not nearly as well known as the day before, All Hallows' (Saints') Eve — better known as Halloween.

All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on Nov. 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church. It also is observed by some Protestant churches, but in different ways.

Its history

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to Nov. 1.

In other churches

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, enjoyed and celebrated All Saints’ Day. In a journal entry from Nov. 1, 1767, Wesley calls it “a festival I truly love.” On the same day in 1788, he writes, “I always find this a comfortable day.” The following year he calls it “a day that I peculiarly love.”

United Methodists believe in saints, but not in the same manner as the Catholic Church, and celebrate All Saints' Day as a time to remember Christians of every time and place, honoring those who lived faithfully and shared their faith with us. United Methodists call people "saints" because they exemplified the Christian life. In this sense, every Christian can be considered a saint.

On All Saints' Day, many churches read the names of their members who died in the past year.

Sources: www.history.com; www.catholic.org; www.umc.org

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