All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Lithuania every 1 November. On this day, Christian believers remember known and unknown saints of past centuries. All Saints’ Day is a significant occasion on the traditional Christian calendar, and is observed by millions of Christians around the world.
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All Saints’ Day in Lithuania is a quiet, solemn day on which people attend church and line up candles around the graves of lost loved ones.
But All Saints’ Day can be a harrowing experience too, in Lithuania, given that many believe the souls of the dead come back to attend church, visit their former homes, and linger in graveyards.
A traditional belief was that one may see a ghost on All Saints’ Day, especially the ghost of a child, and that you should never walk about or travel on All Saints’ Day because the roads will be lined with spirits.
Also, women would traditionally sweep the house and sprinkle down sand on the floor afterwards to try to discover footprints of child spirits in the morning. And there are many superstitions, such as that taking the garbage out on All Saints’ Day will bewitch visiting souls or that a rainy All Saints’ Day forebodes that many will die in the year ahead.