All Saints’ Day is a Catholic celebration day held on November 1st and honoring all saints, both known and unknown. It is followed on November 2 by the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls’ Day or Day of the Dead.
The exact origin of All Saints’ Day is not really known, but in the 4th century, festivals celebrating all the martyrs already existed. Nevertheless, All Saints’ Day has been celebrated on November 1st since the 8th century when Pope Gregory III dedicated a chapel in the Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to all the saints.
On the Day of the Dead, Christians pray for their departed loved ones and thus commemorate their souls.
In France, the Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st because this day is a public holiday, so it is more convenient. For the occasion, we go to the cemeteries to commune with ourselves on graves of our loved ones and it is customary to place chrysanthemums.
El Día de los Muertos (in Spanish) is celebrated in different ways in Mexican culture.
Generally, the festivities begin on October 31 and end on November 2. This tradition is inscribed since 2008 in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The celebrations are joyful, people remember anectodes and amusing events concerning the deceased, they put flower petals on the ground, light candles, bring food as offerings. They also make altars for the deceased in their homes.