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November 2, 2018
ALL SOULS DAY
|Last Year (2015)||Monday, November 2|
|Present Year (2016)||Wednesday, November 2|
|Next Year (2017)||Thursday, November 2|
Like the All Saints’ Day, the feast of All Souls’ Day is celebrated to dedicate the prayers to the dead. In many western churches, this day is celebrated annually in the month of November. However, in many eastern churches the fest of All Souls’ Day prior to Lent and the day before Pentecost. This Roman Catholic celebration is connected with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful who at the times of death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment due to venial Sins and from attachment to mortal sins cannot immediately attain the beatific vision in heaven.
The day starts with the prayers for deceased souls. This holy day is set aside for honouring the dead in the Catholic Churches. This fest is celebrated with a belief that after the death the soul of the deceased goes to one of the three places that include Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.
The very first option Heaven, which states that the person here dies in the state of perfect grace and communion with God, goes. Secondly, in the state of Hell, a person dies in a state of mortal sin. The last stage, i.e Purgatory is the intermediate stage where most people who are free of mortal sin, but in a state of lesser sin, must go.
The third stage is the most important one where souls are cleansed and perfected before they enter into heaven. All Souls Day is not a holy day of obligation. It should not be confused with All Saints’ Day, which is a holy day of obligation.
The symbols of All Souls Day include the Skull that symbolises the death or rebirth. As it is a day of the dead, elaborately decorated skulls including those made of candy are made for the day.