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All Saints' Day in France

Many Christians honor the lives of their deceased relatives and all the saints on All Saints' Day (La Toussaint). They visit special church services and place flowers on family graves. In France, it is also a popular period for a short autumn (fall) vacation.

Is All Saints' Day a Public Holiday?

All Saints' Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Flowers in Cementary

Some people place flowers on the graves of family or close friends on All Saints' Day.

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What Do People Do?

Many Christians visit special church services on All Saints' Day. They may also visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of deceased family members and close friends. It is customary to leave chrysanthemums or wreaths of artificial flowers on or close to the graves.

All Saints' Day is also an opportunity for many people to spend time with family members and close friends. This holiday falls during the autumn (fall) school holidays, it is a popular time for families to take a short vacation or to visit relatives living in other areas.

Public Life

Public life in France is generally very quiet on All Saints’ Day. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may also be closed for one or more days. However, some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, are open.

Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Churches may be closed for visitors who do not wish to take part in the services and guided tours may not be available.

Background and symbols

France is in the northern hemisphere so All Saints' Day falls in the autumn (fall). Chrysanthemums are an important symbol of All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day, grief and funerals. Hence, they are often laid on graves, but rarely given as gifts.

About All Saints' Day in other countries

Read more about All Saints' Day.

All Saints' Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010MonNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2011TueNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2012ThuNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2013FriNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2014SatNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2015SunNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2016TueNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2017WedNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2018ThuNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2019FriNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 
2020SunNov 1All Saints' DayNational holiday 

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