Today, the 1st of November, is a national holiday in the Republic of Croatia as it is All Saints Day. All over the country people will head to graveyards and cemeteries to lay flowers, traditionally chrysanthemums, and candles on the graves of loved ones and to pay their respects on this holy day.
The origin of All Saints' Day may date back to a Greek Christian tradition from the 4th century, when a festival was held to honour saints and martyrs on the Sunday following Pentecost.
The first recorded All Saints’ Day occurred on the 13th May 609 CE when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon in Rome as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. The Pope dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs.