All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein, Roman Catholicism is the official state religion. Thus, it isn‘t surprising that All Saints’ Day and other important Catholic holy days are also national holidays in Liechtenstein.
The rationale behind All Saints’ Day involves the Catholic practice of recognising the greatest and brightest of God‘s people as “saints”. Many saints are officially recognised by the Catholic Church, and many of them have their own feast day. Those saints who lack a special day of their own, however, are remembered on All Saints’ Day if at no other time of year.
In practice, families in Liechtenstein and other countries around the world where All Saints’ Day is observed, decorate the graves of deceased loved ones and may pray for them to make it to Heaven out of Purgatory. But that is technically supposed to be reserved for the following day, All Souls Day on 2 November. All Souls Day is dedicated to all of the “faithful departed” and not just to “saints”.
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