Celebrating All Saints’ Day in France

All Saints is “La Toussaint” in France. All Saints is an opportunity to strengthen the family on a beautiful day spent together or the expression of a bereavement support. In France, it is also a popular period for a short autumn vacations; school children have two-week holiday around this time.

All Saints’ Day is an opportunity for many French people to spend time with family members and close friends. They can also participate in special masses organized for the occasion and visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of deceased family members and close friends. It is customary to leave chrysanthemums or wreaths of artificial flowers close to the graves.

The Chrysanthemum, this beautiful perennial Golden Flower, (its original color) the only flower that resists frost and blooms late October early November. In the Language of Flowers the chrysanthemum is the symbol of Peace and Resurrection. The tradition of putting chrysanthemums on the graves is deeply ingrained in the catholic culture, this act symbolizes the Resurrection of the Dead.

Père-Lachaise, is the most famous cemetery in France. Located in Paris, is well worth a visit during La Toussaint, or at other times. Established by Napoleon I in 1804 and located in Paris’ 20th arrondissement, the Père-Lachaise is one of the most visited cemeteries in the world, and the final resting place of many famous people, including the Polish composer, Frederic Chopin; Jim Morrison,Oscar Wilde.

This day is generally very quiet; Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may also be closed for one or more days. However, some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, are open.

Pictures from Pinterest + L’internaute.com

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