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Croatians head to cemeteries to pay respect today

Croats head to cemeteries to honour the deceased

Mirogoj Cemetry in Zagreb on a previous All Saints’ Day

ZAGREB, 1 November 2022 – Croatians will head to graveyards to light candles and lay flowers in remembrance of the deceased as All Saints’ Day is observed on Tuesday.

The Feast of All Saints, or All Saints’ Day, is observed annually on 1 November. The day is a national public holiday in Croatia.

Locals traditionally use the day to clean family gravestones, add fresh flowers and light candles to pay respects to loved ones no longer here. It is a holy day of obligation for Catholics.

Mirogoj cemetery in the capital Zagreb will again attract massive crowds with spectacular sights just before sunset as the candles begin to take effect.

The nation’s officials will also pay their respects to all those who died during Croatia’s War of Independence at Mirogoj cemetery.


Officials of the City of Vukovar laid a wreath and lit a candle at the Memorial Cemetery for Homeland War Victims on the even of All Saints’ Day on Monday.

(Photo: Grad Vukovar)

After the joint prayer at the Memorial Cemetery of Homeland War Victims, the delegation laid wreaths and lit candles at the New Cemetery “Dubrava”, at the foot of the Memorial “Ovčara”, the Old Catholic Cemetery and local cemeteries in Sotin and Lipovača.

“Today, the day before All Saints’ Day, the City of Vukovar remembers all those who are no longer with us by laying wreaths and arrangements at all city cemeteries and the Memorial Cemetery of the Homeland War victims as well as at the Ovčar memorial. This is an introduction to a sad November in Vukovar,” said the head of the Mayor’s Office, Ivana Mujkić.

(Photo: Grad Vukovar)

All Saints’ Day, on its current date, is traced to the foundation by Pope Gregory III (731–741) of an oratory in St. Peter’s for the relics “of the holy apostles and of all saints, martyrs and confessors, of all the just made perfect who are at rest throughout the world”.

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