Nov.1 All Saints’ Day in Orthodox communities from Transylvania
In Transylvania, the Western tradition to visit cemeteries on November, lighting candles at the graves of the loved ones and praying for the departed relatives and friends passed from the Roman-Catholics to the Romanian Orthodox communities.
Many of these communities had been Easter Rite Catholics before the Soviet occupation of Romania and they simply kept this tradition despite their forced unification with the Orthodox Church in 1948, during Soviet occupation. All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 spread therefore also to the Romanian Orthodox Church in Transylvania, although the Orthodox churches celebrate All Saints' in the first Sunday after the Pentecost.
The Orthodox ceremonies and prayers for the departed are particularly impressive as you cand see in this VIDEO.
All Saints's Day at Merry Cemetery, Sapanta, Maramures