All Saints' Day is a day of paying tribute to all Christian saints, and this holiday is particularly celebrated in Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant churches. On this day, all the saints are remembered regardless of their significance in the history of Christianity. This day is also called All-Hallows-Eve, All Hallows Tide, and The Day of All the Saints.

What Is It All About?

This day is celebrated by many people all around the world, but the key traditions do not differ significantly. At All Saints Day, people usually visit the graves of their relatives and leave flowers. For the same reason, graves are decorated with lighted candles, and people repair, clear, and restore the tombstones. In France, there are masses in the name of all saints and memory of all the dead. It is worth saying that All Saints Day is not commonly recognized as a national holiday, but the majority of countries, where Christian religion is widely practiced, tend to celebrate this day. Needless to say, this holiday is not as popular as Halloween, which is commonly associated with having fun, knocking on the doors, and wooing each other. All Saints Day is about other activities: remembrance of the relatives passed away and the saints.

History

All Saints Day dates back to 270 A.D., when Greek Christians transformed the festival of the first Sunday after Pentecost. This day was devoted to paying respect to all martyrs and saints. However, the holiday took the official power in 835 A.D. The date of November 1 had a particular motive. Previously, it was a pagan holiday for the remembrance of the dead ancestors, so the church decided to substitute it with All Saints Day in order to promote a new religion, but at the same time keep the tradition of respecting the ancestors untouched.