German All Saints’ Day Customs

Germany has some neat ones!

In some places, it’s the custom for a godfather or godmother to give the godchildren a special sugary cake, a lot like ones made for Christmas. The same goes for Confirmation sponsors and their sponsored candidates.

In Mainz, people bring giant striped cone-shaped candles to burn at their relatives’ graves (because cemeteries are blessed in the afternoon on All Saints’ Day). They also carry them in processions, in a version wound around sticks. This joyful candle is called a “Newweling.”

All Saints’ Day is a public “quiet” holiday in Germany. People get the day off.


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