.- The Archdiocese of Xalapa, Mexico has called on the faithful to preserve Catholic traditions associated with All Saintsâ Day and All Soulsâ Day amid the increasing celebration of Halloween in the country.
The archdiocese noted that the two feast days are traditionally celebrated in Mexico with symbolic decorations and colorful flowers âto remind us that the feast of All Saints is upon us.â
âOur homes are decorated with colors that are very typical of Mexico, especially the decorations we place upon our altars to renew the tradition of drawing near to our dear faithful departed,â the statement said.
The archdiocese urged Mexican Catholics to reinforce their traditions âthat bring families together and foster peace with each other. In this case we need to preserve these traditions from the invasion and commercialization of Halloween.â
âThese feast days are not supposed to be an occasion to dress up as monsters or to frighten others with the most violent costumes we can find. This is not in harmony with the spirit of these traditionsâ and does not âfoster peace.â
Instead, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day âprovide us an opportunity to reflect on the theme of death,â which remains a âmysteryâ and âreflection of our condition as humans and our limitations,â the archdiocese stated.
The archdiocese also rejected the veneration of âSt. Death,â a practice in some parts of Mexico. âPersonal death is the only death that exists, and our Lord Jesus Christ has rescued us from it with his glorious resurrection.â
âLet us revive our traditions by decorating our altars for the faithfully departed, visiting the places of final rest, sharing in the traditional dishes of these celebrations and adorning our homes and churches with Mexican colors,â the statement concluded.