Members of Louisiana ISDA Lodges Honor Ancestors on All Souls Day

Nov 11, 2020 165

BY: Charles Marsala

All Souls' Day is also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and the Day of the Dead. It is a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died.  It is a celebration full of traditional food and family.  The newly formed ISDA St. Rosalie Lodge in Monroe Louisiana consists of members who have been attending the blessing of the graves at St. Matthew’s Catholic Cemetery since the 1930s.

In New Orleans on All Saints Day, the Contessa Entellina Society celebrates the Sicilian Festival of Dead, Festa dei morti, at the society mausoleum in the Italian/Sicilian section of the Metairie Cemetery. A dozen mausoleums were erected in the cemetery during the 1890s by the immigrants of different metropolitan area of Sicily.

In New Orleans the blessing was performed by Father Damjan Zavlotskji, who is becoming a member of the ISDA St. Expedite Lodge in Southern Louisiana.

 

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