All Saints' Day in Spain in 2019

All Saints' Day in Spain in 2019
  How long until All Saints' Day?
This holiday next takes place in 46 days.
  Dates of All Saints' Day in Spain
2021 Spain Mon, Nov 1 Public Holiday
2020 Nov 1, Nov 2
Castile and LeónMon, Nov 2Regional Holiday (in lieu)
SpainSun, Nov 1Public Holiday
2019 Spain Fri, Nov 1 Public Holiday
2018 Spain Thu, Nov 1 Public Holiday
2017 Spain Wed, Nov 1 Public Holiday
  Summary
Pope Boniface IV dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs
  Local name
Día de todos los Santos
  All Saints' Day in other countries
All Saints' Day internationally
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All Saints' Day in Spain

In Spain, All Saints' Day is called 'Día de todos los Santos' and is a day to honour the dead. As it is a national holiday, council and Government offices will be closed, as will banks and some public services.

When is All Saint's Day?

All Saints’ Day is generally celebrated on 1st November as a commemoration day for all Christian saints. It may also be known as All Hallows' Day, Solemnity of All Saints, Hallowmas, or Feast of Saints.

Traditions of All Saints' Day

The origin of All Saints' Day may date back to a Greek Christian tradition from the 4th century, when a festival was held to honor saints and martyrs on the Sunday following Pentecost.

The first recorded All Saints’ Day occurred on 13 May 609 CE 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.

In 835 CE, during the reign of Pope Gregory III, the festival was moved to 1st November and was expanded to include the honouring of all saints. It is likely that 1st November was intentionally chosen to replace the pagan feast of the dead, Samhain. The night before Samhain was a time when evil spirits roamed the land looking for humans. To confuse the spirits, people would dress up as creatures. This tradition carried on after 1 November became a Christian festival, hence the name of Halloween - which is a shortened version of All Hallows' Eve.

The day survived the Reformation, though the Protestants combined it with All Souls’ Day, which was on 2nd 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. The holiday is typically observed with a reading of the Beatitudes, eight blessings given in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew.

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.

Spanish Traditions of All Saints' Day

Families will typically gather at their local cemetery to pay respect to the departed. They may clean and decorate family tombstones with flowers and mass will be performed at the cemetery during the day.

All Saints' Day is the day in the year when florists sell the most flowers.

A typical snack on All Saints' Day is roasted chestnuts (castañas). In Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, 'Panellets', made from almonds, potato, sugar and pine nuts, are a popular treat to eat on All Saints' Day.

Other treats include buñelos de viento. Folklore has it that these dough fritters, often filled with custard, chocolate and cream, release a soul from purgatory when eaten. The marzipan flavoured huesos de santo (saint’s bones) are also a popular snack.

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