Nov 1, 2004

All Saints in Poland

All Saints - Wszystkich Świętych in Poland - Is an extremly popular festival. But not in the sence of American Halloween. It has little common with it, well, except for its Christian origins (although one can trace the origins past Christianity to some pagan rituals like Dziady). In Poland, All Saints resolves about remembering one's family that passed away. We visit their graves, light candles, pray (or think) a little, sometimes meet family braches we don't get to see all year...few people laugh or joke. This is dead serious here (pun intended).

In the night, when we pass various graveyard on our way to home, thousands of candles flickle in the dark.

I wonder how do they look from up there...

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