All Souls Day event planned for Nov. 2

An All Souls Day event is slated to take place on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Sunnyside’s St. Joseph Church.

Photo courtesy of Teri Alvarez-Ziegler
An All Souls Day event is slated to take place on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Sunnyside’s St. Joseph Church.

An All Souls Day event is being planned for Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sunnyside.

Those participating in a short processional will be gathering at the church starting at 10 a.m.

Face painting will be available, but participants in the event can do their own make-up. 

It’s a celebration of family, life and death, according to Trina Alvarez. 

She said the holiday is celebrated in Mexico and throughout the world, and Sunnyside’s festivities will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It is fun and quiet, yet respectful.  It is a time for families and friends to come together, to share memories of past lovedones , and the joy of being alive,” said Alvarez.

All Saints Day is traditionally celebrated on Nov. 1, but the local event will be staged on Sunday. That date is celebrated because it is believed that the spirits of the saints and angels come for   a visit.  It is not a time to feel sad or afraid of death, Alvarez said.

The monarch butterflies migrate back to Mexico around that same time each year.  “It is said that the butterfly represents the souls of babies or small children that have passed on,” she said. 

An altar called an “ofrenda” will be part of the Nov. 2 All Souls Day celebration.  Gifts, flowers (marigolds), candles and pictures will adorn the altar as a memorial. Anyone attending the event can add memorials to the altar. Food, drinks and other items liked by the dead can also be placed on the ofrenda.

Candles will be available for purchase at the cost of $1 and the names of loved ones added to the candles.  The candles will be lit for a procession, and placed on the altar. 

The procession will travel from St. Joseph’s Church to the parish center, also known as the gym. 

A mass will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. for All Souls Day.

Available for purchase in the gymnasium will be food, pastries and tamales between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome to participate.


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