How long until All Saints Day ?
|This holiday next takes place in 251 Days.|
|Pope Boniface IV dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs|
Dates of All Saints Day
Who observes All Saints' Day?
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.
In the Netherlands, this holiday is observed on the first Sunday in November, but it is not a public holiday.
In Colombia, the holiday is celebrated on the Monday on or after 1 November.