All Saints’ Day
|1 Nov 2018||Public Holiday||Book Now!|
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 2018
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.
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.
This public holiday is also commemorated by members of the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as some Protestant churches (Lutheran and Anglican).
All Sants’ Day Customs and Traditions in Europe
In Portugal and Spain, traditional practices include a performance of the play, “Don Juan Tenorio” and offerings made to the dead.
In Austria and Germany (Bavaria) godfathers give their godchildren a braided yeast pastry (Allerheiligenstriezel) during the All Sants’ Day.
In France, flowers (especially Chrysanthemums) or wreaths are placed at each tomb or grave. The day is known as La Toussaint
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|
|Allehelgensdag||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|