When is All Saints' Day 2018? Why is it known as All Hallows' Day and why Do Christians celebrate it on November 1?

When is All Saints' Day 2018? Why is it known as All Hallows' Day and why Do Christians celebrate it on November 1?

A LOT of people forget the day after Halloween marks a holy occasion for Christians around the globe.

All Saints' Day on November 1 – here's the lowdown on what's all about …

  People light candles to mark All Saints' Day

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People light candles to mark All Saints' Day

When is All Saints' Day 2018?

All Saints' Day always if on November 1 – the day after Halloween.

This year it falls on a Thursday.

Why is the day known as All Hallows' Day?

All Saints' Day is also known as All Hallows Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints and Solemnity of All Saints.

"Hallow" means a saint, or somebody holy – hence All Hallows' Day.

The day is a Christian festival that honors all saints and martyrs, both known and unknown.

Christian celebrate All Saints' Day because they believe that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (known as the "Church Triumphant"), and the living (called the "Church militant").

Believers attend church and try not to do any servile work.

  All Saints' Day is a time of honoring those in heaven

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All Saints' Day is a time of honoring those in heaven

Remembering saints has been a tradition since the fourth century AD, but it was not until 609AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all the martyrs.

Originally, May 13 What the Feast of All Holy Martyrs, but in 837AD, Gregory Pope Gregory IV extended the festival to all of his saints and changed his name to Feast of All Saints, as well as the date to November 1.

In English-speaking countries, All Saints' Day is traditionally celebrated with the hymn "For All the Saints" by Walsham How and by candles of remembrance.

In countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and Portugal offerings are made on the day and in Mexico the day so coincides with the Day Of The Dead, which last through October 31 to November 2.

Why do Christians celebrate it on November 1?

All Saints 'Day if it does because it marks the day after All Hallows Day (Halloween) and before All Souls' Day – which serves as a possibility to worship the faithful departed.

The three are practices by Christian worldwide as a time for worship and remembrance.

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