All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Slovenia every 1 November. On this day, Christian believers remember known and unknown saints of past centuries. All Saints’ Day is a significant occasion on the traditional Christian calendar, and is observed by millions of Christians around the world.
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Slovenia is a predominantly Catholic country. However, the country also observes Reformation Day on 31 October, thus having a very Catholic and a very Protestant holiday adjacent to each other on the calendar.
How long have Slovenians celebrated All Saints’ Day? At least 1,500 years of All Saints’ Day is the answer! Though there were various developments along the way in how the holiday was celebrated, the idea of remembering Mary, the saints, and Christian martyrs with a special day of religious observance has been around a long, long time.
What do Slovenians do on All Saints’ Day? Primarily, it is a day reserved for visiting family and public graveyards and adorning them with flowers or other appropriate decorations. They also may attend a special mass service since All Saints’ Day is a “day of holy obligation” for Roman Catholics.
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