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All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, & National Men Make Dinner Day

Today’s blog post is going to cover a few different topics based on holidays that are coming up: All Saints Day, The Day of the Dead, and National Men Make Dinner Day.

All Saints Day is a Catholic holiday that celebrates the followers of Christ, particularly those who have passed on into death (Crain, 2021). It is celebrated on November 1st, and is considered a holy day of obligation (Catholic Online, 2021). This means that Catholics are required to go to church, exempted only in cases of illness or similar.

The traditions of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 2nd in the Catholic Church, which celebrates all souls who have departed, not just saints) came out of pagan celebrations of the dead (History.com editors, 2018). While the three day celebration of the Day of the Dead is not the same as Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, they stem from the same Pagan traditions (Barbezat, 2020).

So, why do I bring this up? Well, for a couple of reasons. First, I just find it interesting how different cultures have so much in common, branching off from a shared beginning. Second, right now we are in the middle of a culture war in the United States where white Christian nationalists are claiming that the country is being overrun with other cultures. But how can the country be ‘overrun’ when we clearly have the same origins. It’s just an interesting observation.

I grew up Catholic, so I was somewhat familiar with All Saints Day and All Souls Day before doing the research to write about it; however, it was interesting to learn about their origins and their connection to another culture to which I have been exposed. Moving to Los Angeles has been an eye opening experience for me, because of the diversity in this city. Sometimes it feels like the different cultures that make up the city are chasms apart, but it’s nice to know we might have something in common after all.

Lastly, I’d like to end with the National Men Make Dinner Day, which is the first Thursday in November, and, at least from what I can gather, is only celebrated in the United States. My issue with this holiday is the same issue that I have with Sadie Hawkins dances and similar, and that’s that it assumes traditional gender roles.

When I did look it up, I saw a mention of encouraging any of the men who do not know how to cook as of yet to get into the kitchen, and I realized that it could be a way to help bring about more equal rights, sort of a prompt to those men who are still stuck in the 50s to learn how to cook. I’m not sure if I believe that, but it is another way to look at it. So, I’m going to ask you, the reader, what do you think? Do you think that National Men Make Dinner Day is a good idea or blatant sexism, and that is should be cancelled?

References.

Barbezat, S. (2020). The Day of the Dead in Mexico: The Complete Guide. Trip Savy. Retrieved from: https://www.tripsavvy.com/day-of-the-dead-in-mexico-1588764

Cain, A. (2021). What is All Saints’ Day? – The Meaning and History Behind the November 1st Holiday. Christianity.com. Retrieved from https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/all-saints-day-november-1.html

Catholic Online (2021). All Saints Day. Catholic Online. Retrieved from https://www.catholic.org/saints/allsaints/

History.com Editors (2018). Day of the Day (Dia de los Muertos). History.com. Retrieved from https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/day-of-the-dead

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