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In some places, such as the Philippines, graves can be painted and repaired by family members.Many of these practices blur the distinction between All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.These celebrations often blur the distinction between All Saints' Day, which is properly dedicated to those who are in heaven, and All Souls' Day, on which prayers are offered for all those who have died, but have not yet reached heaven.In Mexico, the Day of the Dead holy days extend from October 31 through November 2.
Other countries have different rules according to their national bishop's conferences.
Although millions, or even billions of people may already be saints, All Saints' Day observances tend to focus on known saints --that is those recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church.
All Saints' Day is also commemorated by members of the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as some protestant churches, such as Lutheran and Anglican churches.
The Catholic practice however, celebrates all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognized by the Church and those who are not. In the United States, the day before is Halloween and is usually celebrated by dressing in costumes with themes of death commonly associated.
Children go door-to-door in costume, trick-or-treating, that is soliciting candy from their neighbors.
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