As many of the people of Angola are Roman Catholic, or members of a Protestant denomination that observes All Souls’ Day, it’s not surprising that it’s a national holiday here.
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All Souls’ Day comes on 2 November every year, just after All Saints’ Day on 1 November and All Hallows’ Eve on 31 October.
It’s a day to remember the dead, visit grave sites of departed relatives, or to attend special masses in cemeteries or in churches. Many also decorate and clean grave sites and lay wreaths on them. For Catholics, All Souls’ Day is a time to pray for the souls of deceased relatives to help them get out of purgatory early, or to give a donation to the church for the same purpose.