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All Saints’ Day
Martinique

All Saints’ Day 2019 and 2020

All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Martinique 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.

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 NovFriAll Saints' Day
20201 NovSunAll Saints' Day

As All Saints’ Day approaches, people begin preparing by painting, cleaning, and decorating the graves of their loved ones. All of the gravestones are white, which is meant to symbolise joy and the resurrection. White also is the colour worn at funerals in Martinique, along with black for mourning and sorrow.

People attend church dressed up in white in the morning, and in the evening go to the cemetery bearing lit candles. They visit there with those they once knew who have left this world and spend time remembering the times they had together with them before they passed away.

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