All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Ivory Coast 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 Ivory Coast, the strong Roman Catholic traditions implanted by the French have continued, including the keeping of official church feast days like All Saints’ Day.
The three days from 31 October through 2 November stand together as a single unit. The celebration of the saints who have obtained “the beatific vision” in Heaven begins on the eve of 1 November and continues through the holiday proper. Then, All Souls Day, which is devoted to the souls of those not yet in Heaven but no longer among the living on Earth, takes place on 2 November.
Many in Ivory Coast will clean the grave sites of their dearly departed on All Saints’ Day. It’s also a day for special masses and a welcome day off work.