On November 1st we can have the pleasure of celebrating a day that honors all Christian Saints. All Saints Day is a day that Pope Gregory designated as a holiday to honor the saints who died from Roman persecution during the first three hundred years after Christ.
Although the exact date that Pope Gregory designated All Saints Day as a holiday is not known, reports are contradictory; we do know that this holiday is often linked to the day prior; Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve which actually means the harvest festival and festival of the dead. Known as a pagan holiday, it has been commercialized by dressing up in customs and trick-a-treating. But the significance behind this day is much darker and deeper.
All Saints Day is a holiday that is celebrated internationally, by countries that recognize and honor the importance of the sacrifices that our saints made to be able to live a Christian life. If you had a choice, now that you are more informed, which holiday would you choose to celebrate – All Saints Day or Halloween?
The countries noted below are all of the counties noted on Time and date.com that celebrates All Saints Day as a Holiday.
- Parts of Germany
- The Philippines
- Sweden (first Saturday of November).
- Parts of Switzerland
- Parts of United Kingdom
- United States