All Saints' Holiday In Hungary On 1 November

  • 27 Oct 2019 7:28 AM
All Saints' Holiday In Hungary On 1 November
On this National Holiday, also known locally as 'the day of the dead' (Halottak Napja), all main shops and public offices are closed. Traditionally, instead of celebrating 'Halloween', Hungarians head to the cemeteries for All Soul's Day - also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day.

"It’s a sentimental kind of national holiday in Hungary after fall has taken hold and the winter is soon upon us."

"Unlike the fantastical representation of everything dark, sinister and frightening, like the American holiday of Halloween, death is nothing unusual here. Halloween is not celebrated in central Europe but All Saints’ Day and All Hallows’ Day is, they are comparable but radically different. "

"Instead of glorifying the world of the dead by dressing up in ghoulish apparel, the Hungarians first honor the dead saints and then go and visit the hallowed ground upon which their past family members have been laid to rest," states

Read more about All Saints' Day on Wikipedia

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