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New Orleans has a way of celebrating life like no other city — even in death. From jazz funerals to cemeteries that attract tourists, there’s something beautiful about how New Orleans can find joy in some of life’s toughest moments. No time is that more evident than during All Saints’ Day. This November 1 holiday serves as a reminder that New Orleans is a special place for the living and the dead.

The Beginning of All Saints’ Day

Like many things in New Orleans, the French-influenced the inception of All Saints’ Day in the city. Originally known as La Touissant, All Saints’ Day is a traditionally Catholic Holiday where people get together to bid their loved ones farewell as they pass to the other side.

The typical traditions include prayer, whitewashing tombs and leaving personalized mementos, beads or flowers. This allows the deceased loved ones to know they were visited. In some ways, it’s considered a duty of the living to do these things. But the city of New Orleans has always found joy in the ritual — especially as time went on.

A Social Affair

If you get enough people together in New Orleans — no matter what it’s for — they’re bound to turn it into a good time. And that’s exactly what happened with All Saints’ Day. By the 19th century, the holiday became about more than just remembering and celebrating loved ones — it became about celebrating community as well.

Instead of just bringing flowers and beads, people would pack whole picnics and spend all day at the cemeteries. People ate, drank, played music and danced while passing on stories of their ancestors to the younger generations. So, while the tone of the holiday has changed a bit over the years, the heart of it has always stayed the same.

The Tradition Continues

To this day, All Saints’ Day continues to be a major holiday in New Orleans. You’ll see it in the candlelit cemeteries and feel it in the brass bands playing around town. But other remembrance holidays are celebrated as well, like All Souls’ Day on November 2. Because when you live in a place so rich in culture and history — with a fervent need to celebrate life and loved ones — you’ll find plenty of ways to do just that in New Orleans.




Events


Strike Down Social
Signature Events

Strike Down Social

Sunday, December 5, 2021
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Historical celebration of Repeal Day with a Prohibition-era cocktail tasting

Sips and Slices
Tastings

Sips & Slices: Cocktail and Pie Pairing with Bywater Bakery

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pie and cocktail pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and Bywater Bakery. This tasting features items that include nuts and nut products.

Sazerac Cocktail Tasting
Tastings

The Sazerac Cocktail Tasting

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

History and demonstration of the Sazerac Cocktail. Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Barrel to Bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle

Sunday, December 12, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Bottle Your Own Sazerac Rye Whiskey hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Cheers to Cheese Holiday
Tastings

Cheers to Cheese: Holiday Gatherings

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Cheese and cocktail pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and St. James Cheese Company.

Signature Events

Sip and Shop

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Special Shopping Event with Gift Wrapping, Music and Cocktails.

Barrel to Bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Bottle Your Own Sazerac Rye Whiskey hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Sazerac Cocktail Tasting
Tastings

The Sazerac Cocktail Tasting

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

History and demonstration of the Sazerac Cocktail. Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Cured & Aged
Tastings

Cured & Aged: Whiskey and Meats Pairing with Emmylou’s BBQ

Thursday, December 16, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

BBQ and Whiskey Tasting hosted by The Sazerac House and Emmylou's BBQ.

Creole Holiday Tradition
Seminars

Drink & Learn: Creole Holiday Traditions

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

New Orleans History Discussion and Cocktail Demo Hosted by Drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce.

Sazerac Cocktail Tasting
Tastings

The Sazerac Cocktail Tasting

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

History and demonstration of the Sazerac Cocktail. Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.



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