All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Finland on the first Saturday of November each year to honor saints of the Christian faith. In 2018, All Saints’ Day falls on 3 November.
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The people of Finland observe All Saints’ Day in a manner that’s similar to that of residents of other nations in Europe. They attend special services. Priests put on white vestments during mass. All Saints’ Day is a day that acknowledges any saints of the Christian faith, but especially saints that lack their own feast days.
People in Finland often follow tradition on All Saints’ Day. They generally light candles and go to cemeteries to visit the graves of family members who have passed away. They light candles and put them on top of the graves on All Saints’ Eve. This isn’t a tradition that’s exclusive to the Finns, either. It’s also a big tradition for people in Sweden. People in many other nations in Europe participate in this candle lighting, too.
This holiday is an interesting one in that it’s cheerful and solemn at the same exact time. People gather together on All Saints’ day to remember the people who are no longer in their lives. They tend to do so in a spirited and energetic matter, however. It isn’t uncommon to see Finns seated by graves. It isn’t at all uncommon to see them kissing them, either. All Saints’ Day in Finland is a day of ringing church bells, bright candles, beautiful flowers and pure togetherness.