All Saints' Day 2017 and 2018
All Saints’ Day, or La Toussaint, is a Christian day of remembrance of all saints and martyrs, including those saints who don’t have a feast day named after them.
|2017||1 Nov||Wed||All Saints' Day|
|2018||1 Nov||Thu||All Saints' Day|
It is also known as All Hallows Day and The Feast of All Saints and is celebrated every year on 1 November. All Saints’ Day actually begins at sundown on the evening before – Hallowe’en, or All Hallow’s Eve. It is followed by All Souls’ Day on 2 November.
All Saints’ Day is a public holiday in France with government offices, banks, shops and schools closed. Many people attend church services to celebrate All Saints’ Day.
Although it is a day when ‘all saints’ are remembered, many people also make it a day to visit the graves of family members. Graves are usually visited on All Souls’ Day but, as the public holiday is on 1 November, this is the day most people go. They usually visit towards the end of the day as families and light candles and leave chrysanthemums on the graves. The cemeteries across France take on the rainbow of colours of flowers and jarred candles on All Saints’ Day.
One of the most famous cemeteries to visit on All Saints’ Day is Père Lachaise on the east of Paris. It is over 44 hectares and contains the graves of many famous French people including Moliere and Frederic Chopin.
Lunch on All Saints’ Day is usually lamb or game. But at midnight the French often eat a supper that consists of bacon, black grain, pancakes and cider in honour of the dead.
This public holiday falls during school holidays in Autumn so it has become very popular for families to gather as a part of a short vacation.
Experience the Floating Markets of Thailand
Shopping is a popular pastime in Thailand and massive malls and street markets can be found in virtually every part…
Relax on Malaysia’s Best Beaches
The nation of Malaysia is blessed with stunning tropical weather and intense natural beauty, making this the perfect destination for…
Discover Australia’s two longest passenger train routes
Travelling by train is a fantastic way to explore Australia. The country boasts a number of very efficient train services…
Why the date of Easter changes every year
Easter ranks among the most prominent holidays in the western world, and is considered by many to be the most…
A first-timer’s guide to AirBnB
AirBnB is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways for people around the world to book and rent travel…