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All Saints' Day
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[German Version]

unified feast for all saints of a specific region, originally grew out of the need to incorporate the remembrance of the martyrs in the annual Easter celebration. The custom of associating the remembrance of the saints with the beginning of the Celtic year on Nov 1 spread from Ireland in the 8th/9th centuries. Promoted by Gregory IV (828–844) and Louis I, the Pious (814–840), this date finally prevailed in the West and is often also adopted in the festival canon of Reformed church orders.


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Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich, “All Saints' Day”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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