All Saints' Day: A truly hallowed tradition celebrates the dead and the living


At least 16 European countries with a strong Catholic history observe 1 November as an official holiday that closes offices and schools, including Spain, Lithuania, Belgium, Austria and France. Reuters


On All Saints' Day, the cemetery takes centre stage. This is a time for remembrance and, for many, a time for contemplation. Reuters


Families bring flowers, relatives seek out graves of departed soldiers and tombs get cleaned up. Reuters


And prayers — prayers with candles, silent prayers, group prayers, prayers for loved ones now gone — echo across the land. Reuters


All Saints' day commemorates all saints, even those unsung. Reuters


All Saints' Day is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas or All Hallows' Day, and shares its origins with Halloween. Reuters


But some resent this association with Halloween, fearing its spooky playfulness and deem that it damages a truly hallowed tradition observed religiously each year. Reuters

Updated Date: Nov 02, 2016 17:17 PM

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