All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Guinea 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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Although only eight percent of the people of Guinea are Christian, while 85 percent are Muslims, All Saints’ Day and certain other Christian holidays are a part of the official public holidays repertoire. This is mainly due to the fact that Guinea was once a colonial possession of France, a predominantly Catholic country.
As in France, the main events on All Saints’ Day are attending a special mass or church service and decorating the graves of loved ones with flowers. All Roman Catholics and some Protestants celebrate All Saints’ Day on 1 November, while Eastern Orthodox believers observe it on the first Sunday following Pentecost.
The idea behind All Saints’ Day is to have a special holy day on which to honour all “saints”. It is especially focused on including saints who lack their own separate holy day some other time of year. As Protestants hold that all believers in Jesus are saints, while Catholics have a special list of canonised saints distinct from ordinary believers, the two groups think of All Saints’ Day somewhat differently.
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