November 1, 2022

What to know about All Saints’ Day and countries that celebrate

What to know about All Saints’ Day and countries that celebrate

The All Saints’ Day is commemorated on November 1 of every gregorian year. It’s a marked a day after the Halloween. There’s no exact date for the origin of the festival, however, initially, the day was celebrated on May 13 and not November 1. 

People around the world celebrate it in different ways. Some light candles, some lay flowers and others cook feasts for the departed souls.

All Saints’ Day is a festival observed on November 1 by Christians, the day after Halloween. On this day, they honour all those people who are considered saints by the church.

Also, known as All Hallows’ Day, the Feast of All Saints and Hallowmas, this day is celebrated in several countries like Spain, Portugal, and Mexico where various offerings are made in many Roman Catholic, Anglican as well as Protestant churches.

All Saints Day (Picture credit: Pexels)

A glimpse into history of All Saints’ Day

There’s no exact date of origin for the day, however, initially, All Saints’ Day was celebrated on May 13. Pope Boniface IV on May 13 609 AD, dedicated the temple in Pantheon as a church to honour Virgin Mary and all saints. This gave rise to All Saints Day. On this day, Catholics are expected to attend Mass.

All Saints Day at a Church (Picture credit: Twitter)

Celebration of All Saints’ Day

To celebrate the day, people visit the graves of their loved ones and offer flowers. In countries like Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy and Mexico, people usually offer flowers on the graves of their loved ones. On the other hand, in countries like Austria, Poland and Romania; people lit up candles on the graves of their family members. In the Philippines, graves are also cleaned and repaired. In Latin communities, people visit the graves along with a feast and this includes the foods loved by the deceased.

The day is also observed as a holiday in countries such as Austria, Croatia, France, Spain, Belgium and several others.