Allerheiligen is celebrated on 1st November each year. It is a public holiday in a number of western Bundesl√§nder, and has been celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church since the 9th Century.
The next day is Allerseelen (2nd November), and it is on these days that people visit and tend to the graves of their deceased relatives.
It is not a public holiday in Hessen and as such many people from the neighbouring Bundesl√§nder come here to go shopping!
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