Holy or Good Friday is the day that commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion, Saturday is spent in mourning with no festivities or fancy food allowed, and Sunday is the day for the celebration of the resurrection. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception takes place on the eighth of December and it is, generally, celebrity costumes for kids a Holy Day of Obligation. New Year’s Eve (December 31st) is also known as the Night of St. Sylvester in Italy. Guatemala, however, has a celebration on December 7 called La Quema del Diablo, or The Burning of the Devil. Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans, Lousiana, it is a carnaval celebration that is very well-known throughout the world.
The parades are organized by carnaval krewes. Those masks are always fair game. All Saints day, the first of November, and All Souls’ Day, the second, are associated strongly with Catholic tradition and belief. Individual cities all over Italy celebrate the feast days of their patron saints. Children dress up in costumes and cities organize major parades, especially in Venice and Viareggio. There is one major parade each day throughout the celebration. Then they do what the name of the celebration suggests and burn the entire pile. Families gather to exchange gifts on the night of the 24th and then they celebrate the 25th with a big lunch. Those who have died are honored, and the families put out settings at the table for the family members they’ve lost. September, 19th: Naples honors San Gennaro, a saint and martyr who died while visiting Christians imprisoned by the Empire and forced to work as slaves in sulphur mines for the crime of being Christian.
His feast day is actually April 25th, but since that is also Liberation Day, the city gives its patron saint his own holiday in November instead. October, 4th: Bologna honors its patron saint, San Petronio and the entirety of Italy celebrates its national patron protrector, Saint Francis of Assisi. All Saints celebrates the memory of every Catholic saint and martyr, known and unknown, whereas All Souls’ day centers on the remembrance of those who departed this world. Kim’s kids North and Saint regularly rock multiple Halloween costumes. We feel happy when we celebrate Halloween. Anyway have fun tonight dressing up in your Halloween costume as Popeye or Waldo and overpaying for garbage IPAs in a crowded bar or whatever.
For example the custom of ‘trick or treat’ originated in England as ‘Mischief Night’ when children declared one ‘lawless night’ of unpunished pranks (usually May Day eve or Halloween). We need to provide an environment that also makes room for heaps of fun while using the day as a “teachable moment” to celebrate God’s protection, provision, and purpose for our lives. While they were great costumes, they lacked the horror of the season and seemed blissfully unaware of something sinister bubbling deep inside the former supermodel. ‘Tis the season to keep partying, so surround the devouring of the King Cake with festivity.