All Saints' Day in the United Kingdom
Many churches, particularly Catholic and Anglican churches, in the United Kingdom annually mark All Saints' Day on November 1. This occasion honors all the saints in Christian history, particularly those who do not have their own special feast day.
What Do People Do?
All Saints’ Day is a chance for people to remember the saints and martyrs who dedicated or sacrificed their lives to Christianity. Some people attend special church services on this feast day. Some Christian schools may offer certain activities to students prior to or on All Saints’ Day. These activities focus on the theme of various saints’ lives and their role in the history of Christianity.
All Saints’ Day is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.
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 throughout the Christian world. All Saints’ Day is 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|
|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|
|Tue||Nov 1||2016||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Wed||Nov 1||2017||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Thu||Nov 1||2018||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Fri||Nov 1||2019||All Saints' Day||Christian|
|Sun||Nov 1||2020||All Saints' Day||Christian|
Quick FactsMany Christians in the United Kingdom observe All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, each year.
All Saints' Day 2017Wednesday, November 1, 2017
All Saints' Day 2018Thursday, November 1, 2018
Name in other languages
|All Saints' Day||English|
Alternative nameAll Hallows' Day
Other holidays in November 2017 in the United Kingdom
- All Souls' Day – Thursday, November 2, 2017
- Guy Fawkes Day – Sunday, November 5, 2017
- Remembrance Sunday – Sunday, November 12, 2017
- St Andrew's Day – Thursday, November 30, 2017