I stumbled upon this post on my twitter feed today and it seems interesting.
Why November 2 Should Be Declared A Holiday?
November 1st is all saints day. A day to commemorate all the saints. November
2nd is all souls day. The all souls day is more appropriate to commemorate the
souls of the departed. It is their day.
November 1st, cemetery goers hoped their loved ones are already saints. While
there is a good motive in hoping that our loved ones were already saved and
are enjoying God’s company. Still, the default catholic piety is for us to pray
for them. The reason why we pray for the dead is for them to be admitted into
heavenly glory. If we consider our dead as saints already, then we do not have
to do that.
Much of Visayas and Mindanao, and some parts of Luzon, have long observed
November 2nd as the day for visiting the dead.
The season is a busy day, a sort of mini family reunion or clan gathering.
Since everyone is tired, it will be of great convenience for Nov 1st cemetery
goers to know that the next day will be a day for them to have enough rest or
enough time to travel back home or to work.
The President of the Philippines has the power to issue or declare through a
proclamation, the lists of regular holidays and non-working days in the
November 2 is usually declared by the President as special non working days.