All Saints' Day in the Philippines

When is All Saints' Day in Philippines?

All Saints' Day in Philippines is on November 1, 2024. It falls on Friday.

How many days until All Saints' Day in Philippines?

There are 336 Days left until All Saints' Day in the Philippines.

Is All Saints' Day a public holiday in Philippines?

All Saints’ Day, otherwise known as Araw ng mga Santo in the Philippines, is a special non-working holiday occurring every 1st day of November each year. The holiday is observed by Catholic churches to honor all the saints of the church, both known and unknown. On this day, most of the workers get a day off as most offices close for the day. Schools, government offices, and other public institutions also suspend operation.


How All Saints’ Day started is still unclear even till this day. However, according to some sources, the idea of celebrating All Saints’ Day can be traced back as early as the 4th century. It started when Greek Christians held a festival to honor all martyrs and saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Although its origins may be vague, this holiday has currently become one of the most important holidays celebrated by the Catholics around the world.

All Saints' Day Traditions in the Philippines

For the Filipinos, All Saints’ Day is a significant Catholic holiday alongside All Souls’ Day. Most common practices include visiting the cemetery, attending mass, and family gatherings.

Cemetery visits

Since All Saints’ Day is a special non-working holiday, most of the Filipinos are given a day off. Majority of the Filipino Catholics spend this day by visiting the cemeteries. Flowers are brought, candles are lighted, and prayers are offered. The gravestones are also cleaned up and decorated with flowers or even food.

Cemeteries across the country are expected to get crowded as most families visit their deceased relatives on this day. Some even visit the cemetery a day before the holiday. Almost all graves are seen having fresh flowers and lit candles on them. Lighting candles at their altars at home as well as at the graves of the deceased is an established practice in the Philippines.

Offer Prayers

Filipinos traditionally offer prayers for they believe that their relatives’ souls would remain in the purgatory if they would not pray for their salvation. All members of the family would spend a moment of time to pray. Many would also attend the special mass held on this day. Some cemeteries would even hold these special masses.

Family Gatherings

In the Philippines, All Saints’ Day also means family day. Filipinos gather together with their families and relatives and share a feast together. Special dishes are prepared and shared between family members. Food are also offered to the dead. Some of the Filipino families traditionally leave food at their altar while others choose to bring them at the cemetery. Offering food to the dead is one of the Filipino traditions that still exist until today. They consider it a sign of remembrance for the souls that departed.

How is Filipino All Saints’ Day different from others?

All Saints’ Day celebration in the Philippines is a little different. While other countries celebrate it in a calm and solemn manner, the Filipinos celebrate it in a different way. Instead of mourning those who passed away, they’ll reminisce all the joyous moments they’ve had with their deceased relatives, creating a happier ambience instead. For other Filipinos, they organize a large feast and a reunion with family members whom they have not seen in months or years.

Dates of Observance for All Saints' Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2024 November 01 Friday All Saints' Day
2025 November 01 Saturday All Saints' Day
2026 November 01 Sunday All Saints' Day
2027 November 01 Monday All Saints' Day
2028 November 01 Wednesday All Saints' Day
2029 November 01 Thursday All Saints' Day
Upcoming Philippines Holidays
Holiday Date
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 08, 2023
Christmas Eve December 24, 2023
Christmas Day December 25, 2023
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