All Saints’ Day

All Saints' Day
🕛 1 Nov 2019🗀 Public Holiday
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All Saints’ Day is celebrated on 01 November each year and commemorates all Christian Saints. It is also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, Feast of Saints or Solemnity of All Saints.

All Saints’ Day 2019

This day is celebrated in most countries of the world with a large Catholic population. In Finland and Sweden, this public holiday is celebrated on the first Saturday after 31 October.

All Saints Day in Europe
The holiday origins may date back to the old Greek Christian tradition from the 4th century. Back then it was a festival to honor saints and martyrs on the Sunday following Pentecost.

During the reign of Pope Gregory III, the festival was moved to 1 November and it was expanded to include the celebration of all saints. Most likely, this date was chosen to replace the pagan feast of the dead – Samhain.

All Saints' Public Holiday
All Sant’s Day observances tend to focus on known saints – those which are recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church. In Roman Catholicism, this day is a Holy Day of Obligation – meaning Catholics must go to Mass on the date unless there is a good reason not to attend.

This public holiday is also commemorated by members of the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as some Protestant churches (Lutheran and Anglican).

All Saints
In recent years, it is common practice in many churches to commemorate those who died during the year on this holiday. Additionally, placing candles on the graves the evening before All Saints’ Eve is more and more popular.

All Sants’ Day Customs and Traditions in Europe

Spain Portugal In Portugal and Spain, traditional practices include a performance of the play, “Don Juan Tenorio” and offerings made to the dead.

Germany Austria In Austria and Germany (Bavaria) godfathers give their godchildren a braided yeast pastry (Allerheiligenstriezel) during the All Sants’ Day.

France In France, flowers (especially Chrysanthemums) or wreaths are placed at each tomb or grave. The day is known as La Toussaint

Bosnia Croatia Czech Rep. Finland Germany Hungary Italy Lithuania Macedonia Poland Romania Slovakia Slovenia Serbia Sweden In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, parts of Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Sweden, the common tradition is to light candles and visit the graves of deceased relatives.

All Saints’ in European Languages

🇫🇷 Toussaint🇩🇪 Allerheiligen🇪🇸 Todos los Santos 🇮🇹 Giornata di Ognissanti
🇳🇴 Allehelgensdagcz Den Všech svatých🇩🇰 Allehelgensdag🇳🇱 Allerheiligen
🇫🇮 Pyhäinpäivä🇭🇺 Mindenszentek🇸🇮 Dan vseh svetih🇧🇦 Dan Svih Svetih
🇸🇪 Alla helgons dag🇭🇷 Svi sveti🇵🇱 Dzień Wszystkich Świętych🇷🇴 Ziua tuturor Sfinților
🇷🇺 День всех святых🇹🇷 Tüm azizler günü🇮🇪 Lá na Naomh Uile🇷🇸 Сви свети

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