All saints' day

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

por:  Cristina Carrasco Blázquez 1º Bach. de Ciencias

 

Every year on November 1st, Spain celebrates its ritual feast in honor of their deceased relatives, a holiday known as All Saints’ Day. Throughout the nation, many families, especially those older generations who are more attached to the traditions, gather in the cemeteries to pay a visit to their loved ones who have passed away, to let them know that they have not forgotten them. Some people even visit the cemetery a few days before November 1st to clean the graves and have them ready for the big day.

 

The most traditional of November 1st is to buy flowers especially chrysanthemums and take them as a gift to the deceased. It is the day of the year when more flowers are sold, and the cemeteries are filled with all the unimaginable colours. It is very nice to see it. The churches say masses in memory of those deceased who remain in purgatory.

 

Despite the feeling of sadness that is thought to have All Saints’ Day, this day is not only to cry for loved ones who are no longer with us, but is also a day to celebrate life.

It is very popular to take some traditional sweets and participate as a family going to see the play by José Zorrilla ‘Don Juan Tenorio’, which is performed in all the theatres of the country. This special performance is made on this day because the final act of the play takes place on All Saints’ Night and the main character of the play is closely related to death.

 

Another very popular activity in the north of Spain is to go out in the street or to the countryside for a traditional ‘castañada’. The ‘castañada’ consists of meeting friends outside and keeping warm by eating the chestnuts.