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All Saints' Day

On November 1, several countries celebrate All Saints’ Day.

Sculptures of saints in Vatican

How long until All Saints Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 329 Days.
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Pope Boniface IV dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs
Dates of All Saints Day
Year Weekday Date
2018 Thursday November 1st
2017 Wednesday November 1st
2016 Tuesday November 1st
2015 Sunday November 1st
2014 Saturday November 1st
Who observes All Saints' Day?
Austria Austria Belgium Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina (regional) Burundi Burundi
Chile Chile Croatia Croatia
France France Germany Germany (regional)
Hungary Hungary Italy Italy
Lithuania Lithuania Luxembourg Luxembourg
Monaco Monaco Netherlands Netherlands
Peru Peru Philippines Philippines
Poland Poland Portugal Portugal
Slovakia Slovakia Slovenia Slovenia
Spain Spain Venezuela Venezuela

All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows (hence Halloween - All Hallow's Eve) is celebrated on November 1 as a commemoration day for all saints.

The first All Saints’ Day occurred on 13 May 609 C.E. when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon in Rome as a gift from the Emperor Phocas.

The Pope dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs.

During the reign of Pope Gregory III, the festival was moved to 1 November and was expanded to include the honouring of all saints.

The day survived the Reformation, though the Protestants combined it with All Souls’ Day, which was on 2 November.

The day was abolished as a church festival in 1770, but may be celebrated by many churches on the first Sunday in November.

In Roman Catholicism, All Saints' Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. This means Catholics must go to Mass on the date unless there is a good reason not to attend, such as illness.

In recent years, it has become common in many churches to commemorate those who died during the year on the day itself.

The tradition of placing candles on the graves the evening before All Saints’ Eve is becoming more common.

All Saints Day around the world

Finland, Sweden

In Finland and Sweden, All Saints Day is celebrated on the Saturday between 31 October and 6 November.

Netherlands

In the Netherlands, this holiday is observed on the first Sunday in November, but it is not a public holiday.

Colombia

In Colombia, the holiday is celebrated on the Monday on or after 1 November.


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