All Saints' Day

Category: Religious
All Saints' Day around the world in 2021

About All Saints' Day

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Dates of All Saints' Day
2023 Various Nov 1, Nov 5, Nov 6
FinlandSun, Nov 5Observances Holiday
InternationalWed, Nov 1Observances Holiday
NetherlandsMon, Nov 6Observances Holiday
SwedenSun, Nov 5Observances Holiday
2022 Various Nov 1, Nov 5, Nov 6
FinlandSat, Nov 5Observances Holiday
InternationalTue, Nov 1Observances Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Nov 6Observances Holiday
SwedenSat, Nov 5Observances Holiday
2021 Various Nov 1, Nov 6, Nov 7
FinlandSat, Nov 6Observances Holiday
InternationalMon, Nov 1Observances Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Nov 7Observances Holiday
SwedenSat, Nov 6Observances Holiday
2020 Various Oct 31, Nov 1
FinlandSat, Oct 31Observances Holiday
InternationalSun, Nov 1Observances Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Nov 1Observances Holiday
SwedenSat, Oct 31Observances Holiday
2019 Various Nov 1, Nov 2, Nov 3
FinlandSat, Nov 2Observances Holiday
InternationalFri, Nov 1Observances Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Nov 3Observances Holiday
SwedenSat, Nov 2Observances Holiday
Summary
Pope Boniface IV dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs
Where is All Saints' Day observed in 2021?
FinlandNov 6
SwedenNov 6


History 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 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.

All Saints Day around the world

Finland, Sweden

In Sweden, the Åland Islands and Finland, All Saints' Day is observed on the Saturday that falls between October 31st and November 6th. The rest of Europe commemorates All Saints Day on November 1st each year.

Netherlands

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

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