All Saints Day

Picture of a woman lighting a candle in church, surrounded by other lit candles

The Catholic church chose November 1st to honor the saints who walked with Jesus during his earthly life. It became a public holiday in 1801 following the Concordat that recognized the Catholic Church as the religion of the vast French majority.

On this day, French people are used to visit their relative’s grave even if the official day of the dead is on November 2nd (because it’s not a public holiday).

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