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While all followers are required to attend church on All Saints' Day, traditions vary around the world.
In Spain, Portugal, Italy and France, church-goers will take flowers to the graves of their deceased relatives, while in Eastern Europe, Austria and Germany, candles are lit and placed on the graves of their loved ones.
The processions of families and sight of the candle lit graves make for a moving sight and the festival gives those who have lost a loved one a chance to pay vigil.
In many countries November 1 is a far greater celebration than that of Halloween and is followed by All Souls Day on November 2, which remembers those souls who remain in Purgatory.
But far from a sense of sadness, All Saints aims to celebrate the lives of the deceased and offer prayers for their happiness in heaven.
So once the trick-or-treating is done and the Halloween costume put away, November 1 offers time to reflect and remember.