Dia de los Muertos: Honor for the Dead; Justice for the Living

Article by: Aleta Payne, Deputy Executive Director

By Nina Voli, Duke Divinity School Intern Historically, the celebration of Halloween has its origins in the Celtic festival of Samhain, a pagan commemoration of the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, conceived as a season of death. Yet, despite these pagan roots,faithful Christians throughout history have taken this holiday into their own religious narrative, and given it a new name and meaning for the liturgical life of the Church, both Catholic and Protestant. For example, All Saints Day, on November 1, followed by All Souls…

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