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All Saint’s Day and Halloween…What’s the Connection?

Have you ever heard of “All Saint’s Day” or know that in many countries November 1st is a national holiday?

All Saint’s Day is a religious holiday which has been celebrated in many Catholic and Christian countries around the world for many years, and to this day still holds significance and is a public holiday. According to tradition, this day in Spain commemorates those who are already in heaven and the connection they have to those still living. Not only do people honor their own ancestors on this day, but also the saints.


Did you know that it’s connected to Halloween? 

Nowadays we don’t think much about why we celebrate Halloween, but many people say the reason Halloween came to be what it is today dates back to the religious holiday All Saint’s Day. Halloween, which takes place the day before All Saint’s Day, is also known as “All Hallows Eve”, and was once a day people would ask God for protection from evil.

How do they celebrate in Spain?

Traditionally, people from all over the country travel back to their hometowns in order to visit the graves of their relatives, which they decorate with flowers to honor them.

What do people eat for this holiday in Spain?

It is typical to eat a few sweet treats. One is called ‘huesos de santo’, which literally means ‘saint’s bones’ – made of marzipan and sweet egg yolk. Another is called “buñuelos de viento”, or ‘wind fritters’ – according to legend, when you eat one, a soul will be set free from purgatory.

In some parts of Spain they also eat almond cakes called ‘pannellets’, along with roasted chestnuts.

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