In medieval England the festival was known as All Hallows, hence the name Halloween [ = All Hallows’ eve ] for the preceding evening.
All Saints’ Day (also known as All Hallows, Solemnity of All Saints, or The Feast of All Saints) is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. All Saints’ Day is the second day of Hallowmas, and begins at sundown on the 31st of October (celebrated as Hallowe’en) and finishes at sundown on the 1st of November. It is the day before All Souls’ Day.
Church Yard in Poland. Se all the images here:
All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church. A holiday in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala,Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta (for schools only), Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and parts of Switzerland
- Samhain (began at sunset on October 31) (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Celtic Neopagans and Wiccans in the Northern hemisphere)
- Beltaine (began at sunset on October 31) (Celtic Neopagans and Wiccans in the Southern hemisphere)
- World Vegan Day (International)
- Day of the Innocents, The first day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. (Mexico)
- National day (Algeria)
- 365 – The Alamanni cross the Rhine and invade Gaul. Emperor Valentinian I moves to Paris to command the army and defend the Gallic cities.
- 996 – Emperor Otto III issues a deed to Gottschalk, Bishop of Freising, which is the oldest known document using the name Ostarrîchi (Austria in Old High German).
- 1179 – Philip II is crowned King of France.
- 1214 – The port city of Sinope surrenders to the Seljuq Turks.
- 1348 – The anti-royalist Union of Valencia attacks the Jews of Murviedro on the pretext that they are serfs of the King of Valencia and thus “royalists.”
- 1512 – The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.
- 1520 – The Strait of Magellan, the passage immediately south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, is first discovered and navigated by European explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the first recorded circumnavigation voyage.
- 1555 – French Huguenots establish the France Antarctique colony in present-day Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- 1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastates the Dutch coast
- 1755 – Lisbon earthquake: In Portugal, Lisbon is destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami, killing between sixty thousand and ninety thousand people
Halloween – a byproduct I could be without.
Let the kids dress up and pester the neighbours at Summer Solstice – Midsummer. Celebrate with bon-fires all night.
The weather is usually good, and light evenings, not rain, dark and stormy. At least put fluorescent and reflective on all their clothing, so the can be seen by the motorist.