10 Facts About All Saints Day


All Saints' Day, known as All Hallows' Day, the Feast of All Saints, the Feast of All Hallows, the Solemnity of All Saints, and Hallowmas, is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honour of all the saints of the church, whether they are known or unknown.

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Christian celebration of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven, and the living .

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In Methodist theology, All Saints Day revolves around "giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of his saints", including those who are "famous or obscure".

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Feast of All Saints achieved greater prominence in the 9th century, in the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI "the Wise" .

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All Saints Day was discouraged to do so by local bishops, and instead dedicated it to "All Saints".

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In East Syriac tradition the All Saints Day celebration falls on the first Friday after resurrection Sunday.

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In Belgium, all Sundays are public holidays; should All Saints fall on a Sunday, then a replacement day on a weekday of choice is given.

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In Montenegro, All Saints' Day is considered a Roman Catholic holiday and is a non-working day for that religious community.

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In Germany All Saints' is a designated quiet day in states of Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

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In India, All Saints Day is considered a public holiday in the state of Karnataka and a Christian religious holiday throughout the country, which means it is often a common addition to the list of paid holidays at the discretion of the employer, for those that wish to observe.

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