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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.

Choir in the Cathedral
Some churches in Australia have a service or mass featuring special choral music and hymns on All Souls' Day.
Some churches in Australia have a service or mass featuring special choral music and hymns on All Souls' Day.
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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.

Public Life

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 countries

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All Souls' Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
TueNov 22010All Souls' DayChristian 
WedNov 22011All Souls' DayChristian 
FriNov 22012All Souls' DayChristian 
SatNov 22013All Souls' DayChristian 
SunNov 22014All Souls' DayChristian 
MonNov 22015All Souls' DayChristian 
WedNov 22016All Souls' DayChristian 
ThuNov 22017All Souls' DayChristian 
FriNov 22018All Souls' DayChristian 
SatNov 22019All Souls' DayChristian 
MonNov 22020All Souls' DayChristian 

Quick Facts

All Souls’ Day is observed among some Christians in Australia on November 2 each year.

All Souls' Day 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

All Souls' Day 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019


Name in other languages

All Souls' DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in November 2018 in Australia

United Nation Holiday on November 2, 2018

Fun Holiday on November 2, 2018

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