All Saints' Day


All Saints' Day (November 1st) is a Christian feast celebrated across many European countries and is a national holiday in Spain.

Some historians state that this feast was introduced by Pope Gregory III in 735 AD to commemorate saints and martyrs and chose this day to replace an existing pagan holiday which the Church wanted to eliminate.

The tradition in Spain (especially with the older generation) is to visit the cemetery to deposit flowers for the deceased and clean the tombstones thus honouring their loved ones. This is followed by a large family lunch or in some regions a "Castañada" which is a gathering around a fire to roast chestnuts and tell stories about the deceased to keep their memory alive.

This day is one of the best-selling days for florists throughout the year (together with Mother's Day and Saint Valentine's Day) which shows that the tradition is still going strong with the most popular flowers sold being carnations, daisies, roses, gladiolus, and chrysanthemums.