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Celebrating the All Saints' Day in Germany: dates, celebration, conventional congratulations, greetings, traditions and customs on the All Saints' Day

On this page you will find a description of the All Saints' Day festivities in Germany, other names of the holiday: Allhallows Day. Celebration dates by year, customs and traditions common for Germany on the All Saints' Day, a description of the origin, if known, as well as what congratulations & greetings the Germans use in their country on this holiday and their meaning. Here, you will also find photos of the attributes of the holiday or the celebration itself and other interesting information.

§ Dates for the All Saints' Day celebration in Germany

The date of the All Saints' Day celebration in Germany remains unchanged every year and falls on 1 November.

The All Saints' Day celebration date in Germany:
Wednesday 1 November 2023 .

Below is a list of dates for celebrating the All Saints' Day in Germany by year, provided that in previous and subsequent years the present practice and time of the holiday celebration is preserved:

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Day2 November 2022
2 November 2023
2 November 2024
2 November 2025
2 November 2026
Remembrance Sunday 20 November 2022
26 November 2023
24 November 2024
23 November 2025
22 November 2026

§ Other names of the holiday

Holiday name in German: Allerheiligen.

Other names for the All Saints' Day in Germany:

§ Holiday status in the territory of Germany

The holiday is an official extra non-working day only in the following federated states (lands) of Germany:

§ Wishes and congratulations, greetings on the All Saints' Day in Germany

There are no congratulations or wishes on this day.

§ Description of the All Saints' Day celebration: customs and traditions:

Saints in traditional churches are Christians who were executed for their faith, or for outstanding virtues were especially noted by the church and sanctified. All Saints Day or Allhallows Day is celebrated in memory of all the saints, both canonized by the church and those left without honour and veneration. On this day, people decorate the graves of the deceased, sometimes even with flowers and fruits. A fire is lit on the grave, which keeps burning on the next day. On this day, ceremonies are also held at the cemetery, in which prayers are said for the souls of the dead.

All Saints' Day in Germany is a calm day with no dancing or loud music. In the southern part of Germany, yeast dough crescent rolls are baked at this time.

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Day or All Souls Day

The day after All Saints Day, the Catholic Church celebrates the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Day or All Souls Day (in German: Allerseelen). It is celebrated on the occasion of commemorating relatives and friends. Traditions and customs on this day are practically the same as on All Saints Day. On this day, special buns with raisins are baked to commemorate the dead. See the list of all popular holidays in Germany for the All Souls Day Date.

Remembrance Sunday

The Evangelical Church individually observes the day of remembrance of the dead, which is called "Remembrance Sunday" (in German: Totensonntag). On this day, it is customary to go to the graves, the customs and traditions of the holiday are also very similar to those described above, practiced on All Saints Day. The date of the celebration changes every year and always falls on a Sunday. For the Remembrance Sunday Date see the list of all popular holidays in Germany.

The beginning of this celebration goes back to the 4th century AD. The day of the celebration was rescheduled several times until, in the 9th century, the Catholic Church set it for November 1st.

§ The origin of the All Saints' Day holiday

This day traditions reflect the superstitions that people were obsessed with in the past: it was believed that the souls of the dead who fell into purgatory could temporarily leave it, so for them bread, water and a light left on were placed near the coffin. Besides, people had a fear of the dead and believed that those, on the night after All Saints Day, visited their past dwellings, so people also left part of the food on the table at their homes.

These traditions have nothing to do with the Biblical narrative and are associated with superstitions and belief in spirits.

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