Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Saint's Day

In Slovenia, November 1st is All Saint's Day. It's also known as Day of the Dead and it is a public holiday.

All Saint's Day is observed by Catholics, Anglicans and Protestant churches. In Central Europe, it is a big deal in Slovenia, Austria and Poland.

Everyone is supposed to bring flowers to the graves of family members and to light candles. Families normally get together for big meals, go to church and then visit multiple cemeteries. This is an especially big deal in Slovenia! This country only has 2 million inhabitants but just for All Saint's Day about 2 million candles are sold.

Annually, the country goes through 21 to 23 million candles per year. Some environmentalists would like to reduce this number by using electric candles.

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