Today itâ€™s All Saintâ€™s Day in the Catholic Church. That means today Poles make a massive cemetery trips in order to fulfill the tradition of lighting candles and visiting the graves of deceased relatives. Because of the travelling November 1th is a day off, so you don't have to worry about school or work. Even though it is, technically, a catholic holiday everybody participate.
As Halloween has itâ€™s roots in celtic â€žSamhainâ€ť, Slavic All Saintâ€™s Day derives from ancient Slavic feast called â€žDziadyâ€ť (that means Grandfathers). We need to remember, that Celts were celebrating Samhain as the begining of the new year, and the day when the border between the world of living and the dead is the thinnest. The history of the All Saint's Day begins in VIII century as the holiday of November 1th, and was started by pope Gregory III.
Fortunately my ancestors (;>) are buried in only one cemetery, but most of my friends have to travel even to different cities just to light a candle on some relatives' grave. Some of my friends need to travel like hundreds of km to visit all graves. Every year, before returning home, we make a stop at the cemetery on Ogrodowa Street. If someone is interested in it's history there is a review below. And some photos.
The best time for seeing the place on All Saint's Day is of course the evening. With all the lanterns and candles burning it's a amazing and magical view. Unfortunately this year we went there in the afternoon and it wasn't so spectacular, but always beautiful. I brought my new camera, so please be patient with the quality of my photos.
No it's totally different here. It's like this solemn, quiet bunches of people are cruising among headstones. Sometimes you will meet a friend or family over the grave, but it's more like thinking and meditation time.
Posted on: Dec 11, 2009
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