All Souls' Day around the world in 2020

All Souls' Day around the world in 2020
  How long until All Souls' Day?
This holiday next takes place in 354 days.
  Dates of All Souls' Day around the world
2021 Various Nov 2
AngolaTue, Nov 2National Holiday
BelgiumTue, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
BoliviaTue, Nov 2National Holiday
BrazilTue, Nov 2National Holiday
East TimorTue, Nov 2National Holiday
EcuadorTue, Nov 2National Holiday
El SalvadorTue, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
GuamTue, Nov 2National Holiday
HaitiTue, Nov 2National Holiday
LuxembourgTue, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
MacauTue, Nov 2National Holiday
NicaraguaTue, Nov 2Government Holiday
San MarinoTue, Nov 2National Holiday
UruguayTue, Nov 2National Holiday
2020 Various Nov 2
AngolaMon, Nov 2National Holiday
BelgiumMon, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
BoliviaMon, Nov 2National Holiday
BrazilMon, Nov 2National Holiday
East TimorMon, Nov 2National Holiday
EcuadorMon, Nov 2National Holiday
El SalvadorMon, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
GuamMon, Nov 2National Holiday
HaitiMon, Nov 2National Holiday
LuxembourgMon, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
MacauMon, Nov 2National Holiday
NicaraguaMon, Nov 2Government Holiday
San MarinoMon, Nov 2National Holiday
UruguayMon, Nov 2Government Holiday
2019 Various Nov 1, Nov 2, Nov 4
AngolaSat, Nov 2National Holiday
BelgiumSat, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
BoliviaSat, Nov 2National Holiday
BrazilSat, Nov 2National Holiday
East TimorSat, Nov 2National Holiday
Ecuador Nov 1, Nov 2
EcuadorSat, Nov 2National Holiday
EcuadorFri, Nov 1National Holiday (in lieu)
El SalvadorSat, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
Guam Nov 1, Nov 2
GuamSat, Nov 2National Holiday
GuamFri, Nov 1National Holiday (in lieu)
HaitiSat, Nov 2National Holiday
LuxembourgSat, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
Macau Nov 2, Nov 4
MacauMon, Nov 4Government Holiday (in lieu)
MacauSat, Nov 2National Holiday
NicaraguaSat, Nov 2Government Holiday
PhilippinesSat, Nov 2National Holiday
San MarinoSat, Nov 2National Holiday
UruguaySat, Nov 2National Holiday
2018 Various Nov 2
AngolaFri, Nov 2National Holiday
BelgiumFri, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
BoliviaFri, Nov 2National Holiday
BrazilFri, Nov 2National Holiday
East TimorFri, Nov 2National Holiday
EcuadorFri, Nov 2National Holiday
El SalvadorFri, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
HaitiFri, Nov 2Government Holiday
LuxembourgFri, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
MacauFri, Nov 2National Holiday
NicaraguaFri, Nov 2Government Holiday
San MarinoFri, Nov 2National Holiday
UruguayFri, Nov 2National Holiday
2017 Various Nov 2
AngolaThu, Nov 2National Holiday
BelgiumThu, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
BoliviaThu, Nov 2National Holiday
BrazilThu, Nov 2National Holiday
EcuadorThu, Nov 2National Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
LuxembourgThu, Nov 2Not A Public Holiday
MacauThu, Nov 2National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Nov 2Government Holiday
UruguayThu, Nov 2National Holiday
  Summary
Dedicated to the remembrance of the departed. All Souls' Day follows All Saints' Day.
  Which countries observe All Souls' Day in 2020?
Angola  AngolaNov 2National Holiday
Belgium  BelgiumNov 2Not A Public Holiday
Bolivia  BoliviaNov 2National Holiday
Brazil  BrazilNov 2National Holiday
East Timor  East TimorNov 2National Holiday
Ecuador  EcuadorNov 2National Holiday
El Salvador  El SalvadorNov 2Not A Public Holiday
Guam  GuamNov 2National Holiday
Haiti  HaitiNov 2National Holiday
Luxembourg  LuxembourgNov 2Not A Public Holiday
Macau  MacauNov 2National Holiday
Nicaragua  NicaraguaNov 2Government Holiday
San Marino  San MarinoNov 2National Holiday
Uruguay  UruguayNov 2Government Holiday
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When is All Souls' Day?

This day is celebrated on November 2nd.

All Souls' Day follows All Saints' Day and is also called the Feast of All Souls, Defuncts' Day (in Hungary, France, Italy, and Ecuador), Day of the Dead (Mexico) or Commemoration of the Faithful Departed.

What is All Souls' Day?

It is a day when Roman Catholics and Anglo-Catholic churches commemorate the 'faithful departed'.

The aim is to remember and pray for the souls of those who are in Purgatory - a place in which those who have died to atone for minor sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven.

Those in purgatory are deemed still to be members of the church and must suffer to cleanse any outstanding sins. The prayers and the offering of Requiem Mass assist in easing their suffering.

Within the Christian tradition, All Souls' Day was popularised by French monks who designated a specific day for remembering and praying for those in purgatory in 998AD. This started as a local feast but gradually spread throughout the Catholic Church during the following century.

The Eastern Orthodox Church observes several All Souls' Days during the year.

Festivals of the Dead at this time of year can be shown to have a Pagan origin, with festivals appearing in cultures as diverse as Peru, the Pacific Islands, ancient Egypt, Japan and northern Europe. Indeed Halloween can be said to derive from this tradition. The timing of the festivals is likely to have a relationship with the Autumnal Equinox. To this day in Japan, elements of the Autumnal Equinox holiday involve paying respects to the dead.

The Pagan belief was that the souls of the dead would return for a final meal with the family and placing candles in the window of houses would guide the souls back home, and another place was set at the table.

All Souls' Day around the world

In Belgium and Luxembourg, this holiday is observed but is not a public holiday.

Germany

In Germany, Catholics mark All Soul's Week from October 30th to November 8th. During this time a tradition is to ensure all knives are hidden away, so any spirits visiting for All Soul's do not injure themselves.

Austria

Some Austrians may honour their dead relatives by leaving a light on during the night and leaving out bread and water for the spirits.

Hungary

In Hungary, there are some All Souls' traditions that developed to avoid disturbing the dead. Washing clothes was forbidden in case the spirit would stand in the water and turn the clothes yellow. Sewing was also forbidden as every stitch could be inadvertently stabbing the spirits.

Italy

On All Souls’ Day (Italian: la commemorazione dei defunti) in Italy a traditional treat is 'fave dei morti'. In Ancient Roman times, it was thought that black broad beans symbolised the souls of the dead. The beans were a part of funeral rights and were thrown over the shoulders of mourners to honor the dead. In Perugia, this gave rise to the custom of baking cookies called 'fave dei morti'.

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