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All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day

In Germany, on November 1, All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen), Catholics and some Protestants celebrate the lives of all saints. Additionally, they pay respect to and commemorate their departed relatives. In the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Saarland, this day is a holiday.

Historical relevance

According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, All Saints’ Day was first observed on May 13 but its exact origin cannot be determined. On May 13 in the year 609 AD, Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome as a church in honour of the Virgin Mary and all martyrs, thereby officially establishing what would later be known as All Saints Day.

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What Do Individuals Do on All Saints’ Day?

    • Attend a special church service
    • Burn candles in remembrance
    • Pray for departed family members
    • Visit the graves of departed family members and close acquaintances
    • Decorate graveyards with flowers in the late afternoon
    • Light candles as darkness falls
    • Attend a special church service
    • Offer prayers for departed family members

Fulfillment in 2023 and 2024

2023 Wed 1 Nov Catholic observance
2023 Wed 1 Nov Silent Day is a federal holiday.
2024 Fri 1 Nov Catholic observance
2024 Fri 1 Nov Silent Day is a federal holiday.

German Society on All Saints’ Day

Today is “Allerheiligen,” or All Saints Day, which is a religious holiday observed by German Catholics. Nov. 1 is only observed as an official holiday in the states with a predominance of Catholics, such as Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Baden-Württemberg, and Nordrhein-Westfalen. Nov. 1 is not honored as an official holiday throughout all of Germany. Stores, banks, and government offices will all be closed in this area. Nov. 1 is a routine workday in the rest of Germany.

All Saints’ Day: Is it a Public Holiday?

In 2023, four states will observe All Saints’ Day as a Christian holiday, while five states will designate it as a silent day with a public holiday.

In conclusion, on November 1, Catholics mark All Saints’ Day with special church services, candle lighting, and prayers for the departed. They visit graves adorned with flowers as evening approaches. Protestants may also participate in church services and offer prayers either on November 1 or the subsequent Sunday, observing a day of remembrance for their loved ones.

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