All Saints’ Day is a holiday in Timor Leste every 1 November. On this day, Christian believers remember known and unknown saints of past centuries. All Saints’ Day is a significant occasion on the traditional Christian calendar, and is observed by millions of Christians around the world.
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In Timor Leste, which is East Timor, both All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day are national holidays. As a predominantly Catholic country, this is not surprising. All Saints’ Day comes on 1 November, while All Souls Day follows on 2 November.
Together, these two holidays are known as the Days of the Dead. All Hallows‘ Eve, known as Halloween elsewhere in the world, is also involved with the overall season. Roman Catholics and East Orthodox celebrate All Saints’ Day, while most Protestants do not. East Orthodox observe it on the first Sunday after Pentecost, while Catholics do so on 1 November.
All Hallows‘ Eve hails back to the pagan holidays of old that supposed the dead to visit this world and haunt the living this time of year. All Saints’ Day is meant to be a day to give honour to the exceptionally saintly, godly individuals who have lived throughout history. Many of them are canonised as saints by the Catholic Church, but some are said to be “known only to God”. All Souls Day is a time for praying for the dead in the hopes it will speed their way to Heaven from the fires of Purgatory.
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