All Saints Day 2017 and 2018
All Saints’ Day is a holiday that’s celebrated in Finland. It’s celebrated in many other European nations in general.
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Europeans typically celebrate All Saints’ Day on the first of November. The Finns, however, do it a bit differently. They celebrate the holiday on Saturdays that occur anywhere between October 31st and November 6th. The same thing goes for the people of Sweden, a Scandinavian country that shares a border with Finland.
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. It focuses especially on 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.
All Saints’ Day is one of Finland’s primary Christian holidays. It’s like Easter, Christmas, Midsummer Day and Pentecost in that respect. Since All Saints’ Day is a national holiday in Finland, the majority of businesses do not open on it. Government establishments such as post offices are all closed on All Saints’ Day in Finland, too. It isn’t impossible to find businesses that remain open on All Saints’ Day in Finland, however. Flower shops, small grocery stores and service stations are often open on the Finnish public holiday.
All Saints’ Day in Finland is all about thinking about people who have passed away. Finns tend to do a lot of pondering on All Saints’ Day. They remember cherished family members who have deceased recently or long ago. If you’re in Finland on this holiday, you’ll notice people everywhere when it’s dark out. They visit cemeteries and adorn graves with flowers, candles and evergreens. Winter plants of all varieties feature prominently on top of graves everywhere in Finland on All Saints’ Day. 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. Finns tend to spend the holiday with the people they adore the most.