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In 1816, King Frederik William 3 of Prussia made his cabinet pass a decree that stated all Lutheran churches in the areas under Prussian rule had to observe the last Sunday beforeAdvent as a "general celebration in memorial of the deceased".Other churches outside of Prussia followed, eventually, as well.
In the United States, some Protestant churches celebrate this service of remembrance as "Totenfest."It often coincides with celebration of All saints day.
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