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All Souls Day is celebrated in much of the western world on November 2. The Eastern Orthodox Church has several such days throughout the year, mostly on Saturdays. It should not be confused with All Saints' Day, which is a holy day of obligation. In North America, Americans may say extra prayers or light candles for the departed.
In parts of Latin America, families visit the graves of their ancestors and sometimes leave food offerings for the departed. In Western Christianity, this day is observed principally in the Catholic Church, although some churches of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches also celebrate it.
All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead.
The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few other denominations of Christianity.
However, Morning and Evening Prayer (Lauds and Vespers) for the Dead, in which the people participate, may be said.
In pre-1969 calendars, which some still follow, and in the Anglican Communion, All Souls Day is instead transferred, whenever 2 November falls on a Sunday, to the next day, 3 November, as in 2008.
The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of perfect grace and communion with God goes.
Indulgences were sold as spiritual pardons to the poor and applied to the souls of the dead (or the living) to get people into heaven.