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All Saints' Day in Switzerland

Quick Facts

All Saints is a public holiday in some areas of Switzerland.

Local names

NameLanguage
AllerheiligenGerman
La ToussaintFrench
OgnissantiItalian
NumnasontgaRomansh
All Saints' DayEnglish

Alternative name

All Hallows' Day

All Saints' Day 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

All Saints' Day 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015
List of dates for other years

Every year on November 1 Christians in Switzerland honor all saints, particularly those who do not have their own special feast day. All Saints is an important observation for Catholics, so November 1 is a public holiday in those Swiss cantons where the Catholic influence is largest.

A graveyard in Switzerland.

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What do people do?

Although All Saints is officially dedicated to saints, it is also an occasion to honor the dead. For that reason, candles are lit in cemetaries across Switzerland. Some Christians also attend a church service.

Public life

All Saints is a public holiday or silent day in the following cantons:

It is also a public holiday in some municipalities in the following cantons:

In the listed areas offices, banks, schools and many businesses are closed on November 1. Public transport may run on a reduced schedule.

Background

According to some sources, the idea for All Saints' Day goes back to the fourth century when the Greek Christians kept a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost (in late May or early June) in honor of all martyrs and saints. Other sources say that a commemoration of “All Martyrs” began to be celebrated as early as 270 CE but no specific month or date is recorded. Pope Gregory IV made All Saints' Day an authorized holiday in 837 CE. It is speculated that the chosen date for the event, November 1, may have been an attempt to supplant the pagan Festival of the Dead (also known as Samhain or the feast of Saman, lord of death).

Symbols

Symbols commonly associated with All Saints’ Day are:

 The liturgical color is white on All Saints' Day.

About All Saints' Day in other countries

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All Saints' Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuNov 11990All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
FriNov 11991All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SunNov 11992All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
MonNov 11993All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
TueNov 11994All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
WedNov 11995All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
FriNov 11996All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SatNov 11997All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SunNov 11998All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
MonNov 11999All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
WedNov 12000All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
ThuNov 12001All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
FriNov 12002All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SatNov 12003All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
MonNov 12004All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
TueNov 12005All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
WedNov 12006All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
ThuNov 12007All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SatNov 12008All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SunNov 12009All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
MonNov 12010All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
TueNov 12011All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
ThuNov 12012All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
FriNov 12013All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SatNov 12014All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SunNov 12015All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
TueNov 12016All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
WedNov 12017All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
ThuNov 12018All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
FriNov 12019All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states
SunNov 12020All Saints' DayCommon Local holidays16 states

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