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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.

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonNov 12010All Saints' DayNational holiday
TueNov 12011All Saints' DayNational holiday
ThuNov 12012All Saints' DayNational holiday
FriNov 12013All Saints' DayNational holiday
SatNov 12014All Saints' DayNational holiday
SunNov 12015All Saints' DayNational holiday
TueNov 12016All Saints' DayNational holiday
WedNov 12017All Saints' DayNational holiday
ThuNov 12018All Saints' DayNational holiday
FriNov 12019All Saints' DayNational holiday
SunNov 12020All Saints' DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

All Saints' Day celebrates all Christian saints, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own. It is a public holiday in France.

All Saints' Day 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

All Saints' Day 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
La ToussaintFrench
All Saints' DayEnglish
AllerheiligenGerman
AllehelgensdagNorwegian

Alternative name

All Hallows' Day

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in November 2017 in France

World Holiday on November 1, 2017

Fun Holiday on November 1, 2017

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