All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Mayotte 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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As an overseas department of France, Mayotte shares most public holidays with France, including All Saints’ Day. All Souls Day, a closely related observance, follows on its heels on 2 November. Together, the two observances are known as “The Days of the Dead”.
Although 97 percent of the residents of Mayotte follow Islam, All Saints’ Day is on the calendar for the benefit of the three percent or so who follow Roman Catholicism.
On All Saints’ Day, you are supposed to honour and remember the great saints of the past, found in the Bible and in Church history. All Souls Day, by contrast, is the day to remember all of the dead and, for Catholics, to pray for souls that may still be trapped in purgatory.
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