All Souls' Day in Australia
Some churches in Australia, including the Catholic Church, annually observe All Souls’ Day on November 2. All Souls’ Day is the day after All Saints’ Day.
What Do People Do?
All Souls’ Day, also known as the Feast of All Souls, follows All Saints’ Day (November 1). Both days mark a period for some churches, including the Catholic Church, to remember the saints in Christian history and to pray for people. Some Christian schools teach their students about All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day around this time of the year.
All Souls’ Day is traditionally a time for the Christian community to remember deceased family members and friends. Some churches have special services on or around All Souls Day. These services feature hymns, music and prayers that center on the day’s theme. Some churches invite the congregation to write the names of deceased friends or family members in a special book that would be placed on the altar at each mass or service during November.
All Souls’ Day is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia.
All Souls’ Day was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread throughout the Christian world. People held festivals for the dead long before Christianity. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints’ Day be set aside to honor the departed, particularly those whose souls were still in purgatory. Various Christian churches in Australia, including the Catholic, Uniting, Anglican churches, commemorate All Souls’ Day on or around November 2 each year.
Some churches and Christian schools in Australia are named after All Souls’ Day. The color violet, which symbolizes penitence, humility and longing, as well as black, which symbolizes sadness and morning, may be worn on All Souls’ Day in some churches.
About All Souls' Day in other countriesRead more about All Souls' Day.
All Souls' Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Tue||Nov 2||2010||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Wed||Nov 2||2011||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 2||2012||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Sat||Nov 2||2013||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 2||2014||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Mon||Nov 2||2015||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Wed||Nov 2||2016||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Thu||Nov 2||2017||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 2||2018||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Sat||Nov 2||2019||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Mon||Nov 2||2020||All Souls' Day||Christian|
Quick FactsAll Souls’ Day is observed among some Christians in Australia on November 2 each year.
All Souls' Day 2016Wednesday, November 2, 2016
All Souls' Day 2017Thursday, November 2, 2017
Name in other languages
|All Souls' Day||English|
Other holidays in November 2016 in Australia
- All Saints' Day – Tuesday, November 1, 2016
- Recreation Day – Monday, November 7, 2016
- Remembrance Day – Friday, November 11, 2016
- First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, November 27, 2016