All Saints Day

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All Saints Day, which precedes All Souls' Day by one day, is a religious feast observed by many Christian churches. It celebrates all the saints. It occurs on November 1st in the West. Its present form dates from the time of Pope Gregory III in the mid-700s. Halloween got its name from All Saints' Day, being the Hallowed Eve(ning) before All Saints' Day.

In Spanish it is known as "Dia de Muertos", and it is a World Heritage (a masterpiece of intangible cultural heritage) by UNESCO. In Mexico it is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of november. In Portuguese it is "Dia dos Finados".

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Sources

  • The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989.
  • Dia de Muertos UNESCO In the Spotlight: Education and Culture. (Spanish-English)
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