All Saints' Day in Switzerland in 2021

All Saints' Day in Switzerland in 2021

  Dates of All Saints' Day in Switzerland
2021 Nov 1
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Nov 1Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Nov 1Regional Holiday
2019 Nov 1
Appenzell InnerrhodenFri, Nov 1Regional Holiday
FribourgFri, Nov 1Regional Holiday
2018 Nov 1
Appenzell InnerrhodenThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
FribourgThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
GlarusThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
JuraThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
LucerneThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
NidwaldenThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
ObwaldenThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
SchwyzThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
St. GallenThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
TicinoThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
UriThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
ValaisThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
ZugThu, Nov 1Regional Holiday
Pope Boniface IV dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs
  Local name
  All Saints' Day in other countries
All Saints' Day internationally
  Which regions observe All Saints' Day in 2021?
  Appenzell InnerrhodenNov 1Regional Holiday
  FribourgNov 1Regional Holiday
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All Saints' Day in Switzerland

All Saints' Day is a holiday in 15 of the 26 Swiss cantons. It is also observed as a municipal holiday within some towns and cities in the cantons of Aargau, Freiburg and Schaffhausen.

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.


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

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