All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Luxembourg every 1 November. On this day, Christian believers remember known and unknown saints of past centuries. All Saints’ Day is a significant occasion on the traditional Christian calendar, and is observed by millions of Christians around the world.
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The major activities of the holiday are to attend a special mass service and then to have the graves of your relatives blessed by a priest. People will leave flowers, usually pansies or chrysanthemums, on the grave sites as well.
An interesting tradition persists of hollowing out sugar beets and carving scary faces on them, much like is done to pumpkins on Halloween in other lands. A candle is then placed inside the beet, which itself is placed in a window. The idea originally was to scare away evil spirits.
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