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All Saints’ Day
Madagascar

All Saints’ Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Madagascar

All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Madagascar 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.

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 NovSunAll Saints' Day
20211 NovMonAll Saints' Day
20221 NovTueAll Saints' Day
20231 NovWedAll Saints' Day
20241 NovFriAll Saints' Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Although Madagascar was formerly a colony of France, it was the British who sent the first missionaries to the island. This is one of the reasons why 52 percent of Madagascar’s people are Protestant and only 38 percent Roman Catholic.

However, both protestants and Catholics celebrate All Saints’ Day, and some native, animistic beliefs concerning the dead still persist as well, mixed with Christian traditions.

For example, building special tombs for deceased family members and exhuming and re-wrapping the remains of ancestors in silken cloth each year combine easily with All Saints’ Day practices like visiting graveyards and lighting candles for the dead.

People also simply gather in church buildings, receive the Eucharist, and pray for relatives at their tombstones. They may also bless the graves and decorate them.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 NovFriAll Saints' Day
20181 NovThuAll Saints' Day
20171 NovWedAll Saints' Day