Totensonntag - Sunday of the Dead

Last Sunday before Advent Totensonntag - Sunday of the Dead (official holiday)

On the last Sunday before Advent in November is Totensonntag (Sunday of the Dead, also called Ewigkeitssonntag), a Federal Holiday. It is the day when Protestant Christians remember their dead (Entschlafenen), especially those who died in the past few years. It was instituted in 1814 by Duke August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and corresponds to the Catholic All Souls' Day (Allerseelen). The last Sunday before Advent (the last Sunday after Trinitatis) is also the last Sunday of the Church Year.

OTHER RESOURCES compiled by Robert Shea


  • Information for Catholic All Saints' Day (Allerheiligen) and All Souls' Day (Allerseelen)


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