All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Haiti 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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In Haiti, you will find traditional Roman Catholic All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day celebrations, where people attend mass, decorate the graves of loved ones, and pray for the souls of the departed.
But there is also a strong Voodoo tradition that tends to be visible at the cemeteries in Port-au-Prince and other parts of Haiti on the first and second of November. There are many rituals involved, and it is considered one of the most important days of the year for Voodoo.
Many in Haiti head to the cemeteries on 1 November, bringing candles made of beeswax and flowers so they can light and adorn the tombstones. They also ask for blessings at the foot of a decorative cross, which is dedicated to the Voodoo gods and spirits. They bring coffee, beer, and food to offer to the “Gede sprits” as well.
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