All soul's day, tomorrow.
The day purposely follows All Saint's Day in order to shift the focus from those in heaven to those in purgatory. It is celebrated with masses and festivities in honor of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven.
The Christian holiday of All Soul's Day pays respect and remembers the souls of all friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. The living pray on behalf of Christians who are in purgatory, the state in the afterlife where souls are purified before proceeding to heaven. Souls in purgatory, who are members of the church just like living Christians, must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven.
Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. Through prayer and good works, living members of the church may help their departed friends and family. There are three Requiem Masses that are said by the clergy to assist the souls from Purgatory to Heaven: one for the celebrant, one for the departed, and one for the pope.
We celebrate it;
- Offering a special masses.
- We go to cemeteries, were It can be absolutely crowded during this occasion. All the family members go to the cemetery and stay there for almost the whole day and even sleep inside the cemetery and spend the night there. The cemetery is bright and crowded during that time so it is not that spooky to stay in overnight.
- Bring flowers, candles, foods... They believe that it is a way for the departed to eat and enjoy the foods with them. They will also offer prayers such as the rosary for the dead. It will help them be at peace.