ZAGREB, 1 November 2021 – Croatians will head to graveyards to light candles and lay flowers in remembrance of the deceased as All Saints’ Day is observed on Monday.
The Feast of All Saints, or All Saints’ Day, is observed annually on 1 November. The day is a national 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, led by the Deputy Mayor of the City of Vukovar Filip Sušac and the President of the City Council of the City of Vukovar Željko Saba, laid a wreath and lit a candle at the Memorial Cemetery for Homeland War Victims ahead of All Saints’ Day.
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.
“Traditionally, on the occasion of All Saints ‘Day and All Souls’ Day, the City of Vukovar remembers all those who are not among us and by laying wreaths and lighting candles pays tribute to all those who built their lives into creating the Croatian state,” said Sušac.
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”.