All Saints' Day in United States
Quick FactsMany churches annually honor all their saints on All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, in the United States.
|All Saints' Day||English|
|Día de Todos Los Santos||Spanish|
Alternative nameAll Hallows' Day
All Saints' Day 2013Friday, November 1, 2013
All Saints' Day 2014Saturday, November 1, 2014
List of dates for other years
Many churches in the United States celebrate All Saints' Day to honor all the saints, particularly those who do not have their own special feast day, on November 1.
Some eastern churches in the United States celebrated this day on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day.
What do people do?
All Saints' Day is celebrated in many areas of the United States, including where there are large Roman Catholic populations. In New Orleans, for example, people gather in local cemeteries and decorated the graves with flowers. The descendants of the French Canadian settlers around St Martinsville, Louisiana, observe this day in the traditional French manner by laying wreaths and bouquets on even the most obscure graves and, as darkness falls, by lighting candles throughout the anticipation of All Souls' Day on November 2.
In the United Methodist Church, All Saints' Day is observed on the first Sunday in November to remember deceased members of the local church congregation. A candle is lit as each person's name is called out, followed by a prayer offered for each soul. Many Latin American communities in the United States hold celebrations around November 1 and 2, linking with All Saints’ Day and All Souls' Day (November 2). These celebrations are part of the Day of the Dead, also known as Día de los Muertos.
All Saints’ Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States.
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).
All Saints' Day, which is celebrated globally, is closely tied with All Souls’ Day, which was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread among Christians. All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are also closely linked with Halloween, which is a shortened for the name “All Hallows' Even”.
Symbols commonly associated with All Saints’ Day are:
- A sheaf of wheat.
- Rayed Manus Dei (hand of God).
- The crown.
- Symbols (including images) of individual saints.
The liturgical color is white on All Saints' Day.
About All Saints' Day in other countriesRead more about All Saints' Day.
All Saints' Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Sat||Nov 1||1980||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 1||1981||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Mon||Nov 1||1982||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Tue||Nov 1||1983||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Thu||Nov 1||1984||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 1||1985||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sat||Nov 1||1986||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 1||1987||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Tue||Nov 1||1988||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Wed||Nov 1||1989||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Thu||Nov 1||1990||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 1||1991||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 1||1992||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Mon||Nov 1||1993||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Tue||Nov 1||1994||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Wed||Nov 1||1995||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 1||1996||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sat||Nov 1||1997||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 1||1998||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Mon||Nov 1||1999||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Wed||Nov 1||2000||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Thu||Nov 1||2001||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 1||2002||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sat||Nov 1||2003||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Mon||Nov 1||2004||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Tue||Nov 1||2005||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Wed||Nov 1||2006||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Thu||Nov 1||2007||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sat||Nov 1||2008||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 1||2009||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Mon||Nov 1||2010||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Tue||Nov 1||2011||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Thu||Nov 1||2012||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 1||2013||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sat||Nov 1||2014||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 1||2015||All Saints' Day||Christian|
Other holidays in November 2013 in United States
- All Souls' Day ―Saturday, November 2, 2013
- Diwali/Deepavali ―Sunday, November 3, 2013
- Daylight Saving Time ends ―Sunday, November 3, 2013
- Muharram/Islamic New Year ―Tuesday, November 5, 2013
- International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict ―Wednesday, November 6, 2013
- World Science Day for Peace and Development ―Sunday, November 10, 2013
- Veterans Day ―Monday, November 11, 2013
- World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day ―Thursday, November 14, 2013
- World Diabetes Day ―Thursday, November 14, 2013
- International Day for Tolerance ―Saturday, November 16, 2013
- World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims ―Sunday, November 17, 2013
- International Men's Day ―Tuesday, November 19, 2013
- Universal Children's Day ―Wednesday, November 20, 2013
- Africa Industrialization Day ―Wednesday, November 20, 2013
- World Television Day ―Thursday, November 21, 2013
- World Philosophy Day ―Thursday, November 21, 2013
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women ―Monday, November 25, 2013
- Thanksgiving Day ―Thursday, November 28, 2013
- First Day of Hanukkah ―Thursday, November 28, 2013
- Black Friday ―Friday, November 29, 2013
- International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People ―Friday, November 29, 2013
- Presidents' Day ―Friday, November 29, 2013
- Lincoln's Birthday ―Friday, November 29, 2013
- American Indian Heritage Day ―Friday, November 29, 2013
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