All Saints' Day 2013 is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honour of the saints and martyrs - known and unknown - on the first of November in the West, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in the East. It has special significance for Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans. This day calls for the commemoration of the faithfully departed. Despite the fact that the custom is generally identified with the Catholic church, other denominations such as the Anglican Church celebrate it as well. The Orthodox Church commemorates several All Souls' Days during the year. You can find when is All Saints Day 2013 below:
All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, falls on Friday, November 1, 2013. All Souls Day falls on Saturday, November 2, 2013, the day after All Saints Day. All Souls Day should not be confused with Halloween, the eve or vigil of All Saints Day 2013. All Souls Day is a solemn feast commemorating those who have died and are now in Purgatory.
All Saints' Day - or Solemnity of All Saints - is a solemnity celebrated on the first of November in honour of all the saints, either known and unknown. It is the day after the feast of All Hallows' Evening (also known as Halloween). This solemnity comes from Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their death.
Many churches in the United States celebrate All Saints' Day to honor all the saints, particularly those who do not have their own special feast day, on November 1. Some eastern churches in the United States celebrated this day on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day.
The Feast of All Saints is the second day of the triduum of All Hallows, following Halloween and preceding All Soul's Day. Originally Pope Gregory III (731-741 AD) is said to have designated November 1 as the official date for the celebration of the Feast of All Saints in Rome. Around that time, the day also began to be celebrated in England and parts of Germany. According to the Catholic doctrine, the souls of the faithful who at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment, due to venial sins and attachment to mortal sins, cannot immediately attain the beatific vision in heaven and they should be helped by prayer and by the sacrifice of the Mass.
In some countries and cities, devout Catholics attend special church services or visit cemeteries on this day to put flowers, candles and decorations on the graves of loved ones. The liturgical colour of All Saints' Day is white. The general custom in Western tradition of praying for the dead originates from 2 Maccabees 12:42-46. The custom of setting apart a special day for the intercession of the faithful was first established by St. Odilo of Cluny at his abbey of Cluny in 998.