All Saints Day in Warsa

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The main chapel visible behind a popular grave
I managed to get back into town in time to see All Saints day in Warsaw.   It is a very big deal here in Poland, with special buses added on every route, just to get people to the cemeteries.  I managed to find my way to the most famous cemetery in Warsaw, the Powaski cemetery.   There must have been thousands of Poles out placing candles on the graves and visiting relatives graves.  The whole evening had an atmosphere of an evening celebration, and there were tons of people taking photos and generally 'browsing' through the gravestones.   Very unique from an American perspective.

The poles do not celebrate Halloween.  I asked a Pole if she was going to a Halloween party and she said that she had to stay home and cry.   She said her mother would be horrified if she went to a party.   On the other hand, All Saints Day seems to be a time to be happy and go remember your loved ones.   Interestingly, there were lots of candles concentrated around the graves of famous people.  I am not sure about the meaning of this, if the people really genuinely mourn for these heroes or if they do it as sort of a fan club type of thing.

In any case, it was a very interesting time to be in Warsaw!
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The main chapel visible behind a p…
The main chapel visible behind a …
A wall of memorial plaques.
A wall of memorial plaques.
Niches possibly containing ashes.
Niches possibly containing ashes.
photo by: EmyG