Because the Spaniards also conquered lands aside from the Americas countries such as the Philippines also celebrate the day of the dead. Here, as in Mexico and other Latin American countries, the living relatives clean and paint the graves of their dead. They also adorn them with fresh flowers. Day long visits and even overnight prayer vigils are held at the tombs.
In European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Ireland, with a Roman Catholic influence the day of the dead is celebrated by visiting relative's graves, praying and placing fresh flowers on the graves. In other European countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Finland the day of the dead is celebrated by lighting candles at the graves and offering prayers for the souls of their dead relatives.
In the United States, mainly those states which border Mexico, the Hispanic communities also celebrate the day of the dead. Though not located in the United States, on November 2001, an "altar" was erected in the Mexican town of Puebla's "Cultural House", in remembrance of the Mexican workers who perished in the World Trade Center bombings on the previous September in New York City.