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All Saints’ Day

November 1, 2011 by staff 

All Saints’ Day, Although Halloween is very popular among children and promoted by commercial interests for people in search of entertainment, all Poles travel to cemeteries across the country to remember the dead.

In Poland, Halloween is an event the way, which is celebrated by children and adults who go to restaurants and clubs for entertainment.

But all the saints of the day in a multi-day event that sees families met and the unit of miles between the cemetery and sometimes, if not more, between the cities to visit the graves of the dead.

Although All Saints’ is nothing more than a single day, the celebrations related to this day is usually linked with the nearest weekend. The Polish economy will slow, as people take to the road. Although All Saints is a national holiday, by law, requires most businesses to close, usually employees are expected to take a break in the days surrounding the holiday. And companies make adjustments to meet the demands of Polish culture.

Although the tombs to visit are mostly those of family and friends, the Polish people make an effort to remember those who have helped Poland or contributed in some way to Polish culture.

All graves are cleaned and decorated with flowers. Visitors leave burning candles.

For those who are now in the cemetery without the people who remember it are the Poles who make a concerted effort to walk through the cemetery, finding these graves, and leave a candle.

Special attention is paid to the graves of military heroes, famous writers, actors and politicians. A large number of candles can be found decorating their graves.

Walking through a graveyard of All Saints Polish night is an experience not to be described. If it is recorded in the video experience is simply not possible to capture the sense of the beauty of being surrounded by thousands of candles in different colored containers with reflected light bouquet after bouquet of flowers.

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