Commemorating the graves

Circle of habberge – more people than on any other day of the year visit the graves of their deceased on all saints' day and pray for them there. The origin of this christian festival goes back to the fourth century.
At that time – depending on the region – on 13. May, on the sunday after pentecost or the friday after easter, the martyrs are commemorated, i.E. Christians who have died for their faith. In the ninth century, louis the pious introduced the 1. November as a day of remembrance. The content of all saints' day refers to easter: it celebrates the new, heavenly life into which the saints have entered and which is promised to all christians.
In religious practice, the commemoration of the deceased, which is actually celebrated only on all souls' day, is nevertheless part of all saints' day.
Traditionally, many people use the holiday for an afternoon visit to the cemetery. The graves are decorated for this and lights are lit on them. In many places, graves are blessed and the rosary for the deceased is prayed in community at the cemetery.
The all souls day on 2. November increasingly disappears from public perception. It goes back to abbot odilo of the french monastery of cluny. In the year 998, the latter set the commemoration of all deceased believers for all the monasteries under his jurisdiction on this day. The church recommends, in the period from 1. Until 8. November to pray especially for the deceased. 

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