All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Senegal 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 Senegal, All Saints’ Day is a major Christian holiday, primarily celebrated by Roman Catholics and Anglicans. Most of the population is actually Muslim, but the government allows both Islamic and Christian holidays to enjoy public holiday status.
In many ways, All Saints’ Day is viewed as a celebration of the communion of saints and used as a time for priests and pastors to emphasise the need to live saintly lives while still on Earth.
By contrast, All Souls Day on 2 November is a time when the fate of the dead is focused on. In Catholic churches some pray for the dead or make donations to the church to try to help deceased loved ones get out of purgatory faster on All Souls Day.
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