Why Our Firm Is Closed on Dia de Todos os Santos

As a writer and performer, my passion is really about creating nonfiction, highly personal stories and updates that really resonate with the people who read my stuff or see me on stage. As a business owner, I’m grateful to have a team of talented folks whose collective expertise helps run the company, including producing informative resources like the ones that appear here.

Twanna Hines

We are committed to cultivating a diverse team of employees and clients. Our dedication to inclusivity fosters an environment where people from different ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and religious beliefs can flourish.

In the spirit of inclusiveness, we respect and honor the individual beliefs of our team members, whether they hold religious or non-religious convictions, such as atheism, agnosticism, or other belief systems. It’s important to note that we observe all Portuguese and U.S. federal holidays, which may include dates of religious significance.

On November 1st, our firm observes the Portuguese holiday, Dia de Todos os Santos, commonly known as All Saints Day. This Catholic holiday holds deep significance as it is dedicated to honoring all the known and unknown church saints. As we close our doors on this particular day, we take a moment to reflect on the meaning of All Saints Day and the diverse ways in which it is celebrated.

Some people who identify as Christian may observe All Saints Day, believing its origins trace back to the early centuries of the Christian Church. It is a time to commemorate all those who have been recognized as saints by the Church and those who may not have been officially canonized but have lived lives of exceptional faith and virtue.

The day carries a message of hope, reminding Catholics (over 80% of Portugal’s citizens identify as Roman Catholics) of the eternal life promised and the possibility of sanctity for all who strive to follow the path of righteousness. On All Saints Day, individuals and families gather in churches to attend special services dedicated to the saints. It is a time for prayer, reflection, and thanksgiving for the lives of those who have exemplified exceptional devotion to their faith.

Many also take this opportunity to visit cemeteries and gravesites of departed loved ones, offering prayers and remembrances for their souls. Visiting the final resting places of family members and friends is a poignant way of keeping their memories alive and acknowledging their impact on our lives. This practice is similar to the Mexican Day of the Dead that occurs on the same date. 

One of Portugal’s most beloved traditions associated with All Saints Day is the Pão-de-Deus, also known as “Bread of God” or “Holy Bread.” On this day, children are encouraged to also participate in this time-honored custom by going door-to-door in their neighborhoods, singing and reciting prayers in exchange for sweet treats or small gifts. The point of the tradition is to foster a sense of community as neighbors come together to welcome the children and share in the celebration of faith and goodwill.

As we close our doors for the day, we extend our warmest wishes to all who observe it. Regardless of how you choose to observe—or even if you don’t observe it at all—may your day be filled with reflection, gratitude, and heartfelt connections with family, friends, and community. Let us always embrace unity, compassion, and understanding among us all.