Photos: Observing All Souls’ Day Around the World

All Souls’ Day is observed by Roman Catholics in remembrance of friends and loved ones who have died. The living pray on behalf of Christians who are in purgatory, the state in the afterlife where the faithful believe souls are purified before proceeding to heaven.

 

A family places flowers over a relative’s grave at a Catholic cemetery during All Souls’ Day in Hyderabad, India, Nov. 2, 2011. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

 

A woman offers prayers over a relative’s grave at a Catholic cemetery during All Souls’ Day in Hyderabad, India, Nov. 2, 2011. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Mariachis, Mexico’s typical musician, play at the San Isidro cemetery in Mexico City, Nov. 2, 2011, as Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1 and All Souls’ Day, Nov.2. Ceremonies that traditionally include all-night vigils in cemeteries and colorful altars with food and drink are taking place across the country.  (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Bishop Thomas Macwan conducts a funeral for Sister Margaret, who died on All Souls’ Day, at a cemetery in Ahmedabad, India, Nov. 2, 2011. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

 

A young boy lights candles over a relative’s grave at a Catholic cemetery during All Souls’ Day in Hyderabad, India, Nov. 2, 2011. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

 

An Indian Christian with her granddaughter prays beside a grave observing All Souls’ Day in Kolkata, India, Nov. 2, 2011. (Bikas Das/AP Photo)

 

Relatives pray over a grave at a Catholic cemetery during All Souls’ Day in Kolkata, India, Nov. 2, 2011. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

 

A woman prays over a relative’s grave at a Catholic cemetery during All Souls’ Day in Kolkata, India, Nov. 2, 2011. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

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