Lit candles in a cemetery in Kaunas, Lithuania. Many European countries have the custom of placing lit candles on the graves of deceased relatives on All Hallows' Day.
All Hallows' Day, nowadays usually called All Saints' Day
and also known as Hallowmas
and Feast of All Saints
, is a Christian celebration to honor all known (and unknown) saints and martyrs. It always falls on November 1
. It is preceded by All Hallows' Eve
(nowadays usually called Halloween
), its vigil, on October 31 and followed by All Souls' Day
on November 2. Together these three days of remembering the dead form the triduum (a religious observance lasting three days) of Hallowtide
. Saints have historically been known as hallows
, derived from the Old English word hālig
and related to the German word heilig
, meaning holy.
People traditionally visit the graves of deceased relatives during this time. While All Saints' Day is dedicated to those who are in heaven, All Souls' Day is a day of prayer for those who have died but have not yet reached heaven.
In Eastern Christianity the Feast of All Saints is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost
, called All Saints' Sunday.
All Hallows' Day is closely related to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead
(in Spanish "Día de los Muertos
") and the Celtic Samhain
seasonal festival to mark the end of the harvest and to remember the dead.
2021 calendar as templates for
Word, Excel and PDF
A selection of calendar templates for 2021 in landscape and portrait orientation and with US federal holidays, suitable for a variety of applications.