All Saints Day is when the Church commemorates all saints, known and unknown. The eve of All Saints is known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. All Saints Day is November 1.
Solemnity, Holy Day of Obligation (West); Feast (East)
: November 1 (in the East, the Sunday after Pentecost)
: One Day
: All Saints, known and unknown
: All Hallows, Hallowmas : Mark 12:26-27; Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 12:1, Revelation 5:8
HistoryChristians have been honoring their saints and martyrs since at least the second century AD., probably written near the middle of the second century, attests to this reality. Initially the calendars of saints and martyrs varied from location to location, and many times local churches honored local saints. However, gradually feast days became more universal. The first reference to a general feast celebrating all saints occurs in St Ephrem the Syrian (d. AD 373). St. John Chrysostom (d. AD 407) assigned a day to the feast, the first Sunday after Pentecost, where in the Eastern Churches the feast is celebrated to this day. In the West, this date was probably originally used, and then the feast was moved to May 13th. The current observance (November 1) probably originates from the time of Pope Gregory III (d. AD 741).
Visiting Cemeteries (All Hallows Eve)
Giving "Soul Cakes" To The poor (All Hallows Eve)
Sheaf of Wheat
Rayed Manus Dei (Hand of God)
Symbols of Individual Saints