All Hallow’s Eve

All Hallow’s Eve

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 11:00pm

All Hallows Eve in Sweden is a movable feast that falls on the Saturday (remember our Eve’s!) between October 31st and November 6th. Originally it always fell on November 1st, where it has stayed in most other countries. In the Swedish Calendar there are now 2 dates for the dead, one being the original, church based day for the martyrs but also the more widely celebrated movable Eve, which has it’s roots in the Celtic tradition of helping the spirits of the dead finding their way home. On the moving “allhelgona” we put candles or lanterns and fresh flowers and wreaths on the graves of our loved ones, and it’s probably the only day most people go to the graveyards! It’s an absolutely stunning site to see the sea of flickering lights on a dark autumn evening.
Halloween, which does come from the same “All Hallows Evening” a k a All Saints Eve, but has stayed on the 31st is more linked with the American tradition of children going Trick or Treating, dressed as ghouls, monsters and evil wizards, clearly closer to the folkloristic idea of souls, than with the gentle remembrance of the saints and of those loved ones who died.