All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Gabon 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 Gabon, All Saints’ Day is especially observed by Roman Catholics in the country. Many clean and adorn the tombs and gravestones of their deceased relatives on or around All Saints’ Day. Some also attend special church services or have family gatherings.
Originally, All Saints’ Day was started to honour Mary and Christian martyrs on the first Sunday after Pentecost. But in A.D. 835, Pope Gregory III changed the date to 1 November and made the holy day to have reference to “all saints”.
The date 1 November was probably chosen to “replace” the pagan day of the dead, which still lives on in a way in the holiday known as All Hallows‘ Eve or Halloween. Since Protestants do not distinguish “official saints” from “ordinary believers”, they sometimes celebrate All Souls Day on 2 November but usually not All Saints’ Day.
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