All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Cape Verde 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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With over three-quarters of the people practicing Roman Catholicism and with a long history of Portuguese colonisation and influence, it is not surprising that Cape Verde observes All Saints’ Day as a public holiday.
Cape Verdeans celebrate it much the way it is celebrated in Portugal or anywhere else in the world by attending a special mass service, visiting and decorating the graves of loved ones, and perhaps with a family gathering.
Those in Cape Verde, however, also add in some local African traditions. It is common for there to be processions on All Saints’ Day that include drums, masks and costumes and local dances. One of the main events like this is on the island of Santiago, but you can find similar events all over Cape Verde.
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