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Catholics Celebrate November 2, “All Souls Day

November 2nd “DAY OF THE DEAD”, is a traditional Mexican holiday. On this day, it is believed that the souls of the dead return to visit their living family members. Though in Brazil It Is known as the “All Souls Day”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In 1982 Ronald Reagan signed a bill to create Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The day, observed every year to commemorate  the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Born as Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. 

Martin Luther King Jr. changed his name from Michael to Martin after his father adopted the name Martin in honor of the Protestant leader Martin Luther.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a scholar and minister who led the civil rights movement in 1964 and the voting rights Act of 1965.  He played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African American citizens in the United States. 

After his assassination on April 4,1968, he was memorialized by Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. He continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African American leaders in history.

Roman Catholicism 

All Souls’ Day, in Roman Catholicism, is a day for commemoration of all the faithful departed, those baptized Christians who are believed to be in purgatory because they died with the guilt of lesser sins on their souls. It is observed on November 2. Roman Catholic doctrine holds that the prayers of the faithful on earth will help cleanse these souls in order to fit them for the vision of God in heaven and the day is dedicated to prayer and remembrance. Requiem masses are commonly held, and many people visit and sometimes decorate the graves of loved ones.

From antiquity certain days were devoted to intercession for particular groups of the dead. The institution of a day for a general intercession on November 2 is due to Odilo, Abbot of Cluny who died on 1048. The date, which became practically universal before the end of the 13th century, was chosen to follow All Saint’s Day. Having celebrated the feast of all the members of the church who are believed to be in heaven, the church on earth turns, on the next day, to commemorate those souls believed to be suffering in purgatory.

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