Word of the Week…en Français
(la) Toussaint /too-san/ or /tusɛ̃/ (feminine noun)
All Saint’s Day, November 1st. It comes from tous, pl. of tout “all” + saint “saint.” Toussaint is used as a first name and is also found as a surname. November 1st is a national holiday in France and is observed by church services in many Christian denominations. It is a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church. This ‘Feast of all Saints’ is often seen as undifferentiated from the following day, the Feast of All Souls, and to a certain extent, the preceding day of Halloween. Sources: Collins, About.com, and Catholic Online.