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 Saints' Day.
All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day
(saints have historically been known as hallows
) 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 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
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 Saints' Day is closely related to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead
(in Spanish "Día de los Muertos
") and the ancient Celtic seasonal festival Samhain
to mark the end of the harvest and to remember the dead that is celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1.
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.