All Saints' Day in Spain

Families in Spain visit graves of their loved ones

Don Juan Tenorio play on All Saints' Day in Spain
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On this page, you'll find information on how the Spanish celebrate All Saints' Day, an important holiday in Spain, closely related to Halloween. Read more about Halloween in Spain

When is All Saints' Day in Spain?

All Saints' Day is celebrated in Spain on the same day as in the rest of the world - on November 1.

How do the Spanish Celebrate All Saints' Day?

The most obvious sign that it is All Saints' Day is that the graveyards seem to be unusually full of flowers. The Spanish remember their dearly departed on All Saints' Day and bring flowers to the graves of their loved ones on this day.

If you can get to see a performance of Don Juan Tenorio on All Saints' Day, seize the opportunity. The play is the most famous (and the most romantic) story about the mythical Don Juan and is performed each year on All Saints' Day.

There are a few traditional sweets that the Spanish eat on All Saints' Day. The most common is Huesos de Santo (literally 'saint's bones'), which is made of marzipan and 'dulce de yema'. Another is 'buñuelos de viento'.

In Catalonia, the locals eat 'Castañada', a meal that consists of chestnuts, sweets called 'panellets' and sweet potato. Note that this meal is often eaten the day before All Saints' Day these days.

Note that all shops will be closed on All Saints' Day in Spain. Learn more about public holidays in Spain.

Which is the Most Interesting Spanish City to be in During All Saints' Day?

The most interesting city to be in for All Saints' Day is Cadiz. All Saints' Day in Cadiz is a little different: known as 'Tosantos', the Gaditanos (locals of Cadiz) do wacky things like dress up rabbits and suckling pigs in the market, as well as making dolls out of fruit. The whole region gets involved and the festivities last all week. Read more about bizarre festivals in Spain.

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