All Saint’s Day (Wszystkich Świętych)

Yesterday’s blog post I mentioned how beautiful Poland turns on this one day a year, All Saint’s Day in Poland.  

Well here a just a few OK, a lot of pictures I took yesterday from 1 of the cemeteries I visited yesterday afternoon.  This cemetery is one of the oldest here in town from what I have researched and read.  Many of graves came from the 1940′s and 1950′s, I would so love to learn the story of many of the people buried in this one.

When cops have to direct traffic then you know it is going to be a busy holiday.

When cops have to direct traffic then you know it is going to be a busy holiday.

They even had crossing guards at just about every cemetary.

They even had crossing guards at just about every cemetery.

Stunning!

Stunning!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Is this not breathtaking the way they do the graves on All Saint's Day?

Is this not breathtaking the way they do the graves on All Saint’s Day?

I love this one.

I love this one.

I would love to find this ladies short.  It looked like a childs grave from 40 years ago.  This lady just sat there the entire time I was there walking through talking to herself and grabbing a tissue here and there.

I would love to find this ladies short. It looked like a child’s grave from 40 years ago. This lady just sat there the entire time I was there walking through talking to herself and grabbing a tissue here and there.  Notice the bench that she is sitting on?  You will see benches built-in the graves here as they come quite often to the cemetery.

Just like in the US, Roma people have big tombstones here too.

Just like in the US, Roma people have big tombstones here too.

The infant section of the cemetery.

The infant section of the cemetery.

Even though there was no tombstone or dirt mound there still were flowers put on it.

Even though there was no tombstone or dirt mound there still were flowers put on it.

The father was talking to himself much like the lady was at this grave.  Yes, Polish people take this day very seriously.

The father was talking to himself much like the lady was at this grave. Yes, Polish people take this day very seriously.

Just a wee bit of cleaning up being done here.

Just a wee bit of cleaning up being done here.

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This was a French military area from a war in the 1800′s against the Russian’s.

Unfortunately not all cemetery is in good condition.

Unfortunately not all the cemetery is in good condition.

You saw this many times throughout of people cleaning up the graves by picking weeds, washing the tombstones and placing flowers.

You saw this many times throughout of people cleaning up the graves by picking weeds, washing the tombstones and placing flowers.

Another beautiful view.

Another beautiful view.

This person what buried 2 weeks ago, so all the flowers were still present from the funeral.

This person what buried 2 weeks ago, so all the flowers were still present from the funeral.

I cannot say I have ever seen a US cemetery done like this not even on Memorial Day.

I cannot say I have ever seen an US cemetery done like this not even on Memorial Day.

One last look.

One last look.

Candles of all shapes and sizes for sale.

Candles of all shapes and sizes for sale.

Driving home I drive by another cemetery and look at the line of people going to this one which was still 3 blocks away.

Driving home I drive by another cemetery and look at the line of people going to this one which was still 3 blocks away.

So when it got dark, I drove over the closest cemetery to our house.  I wanted to stop at this one earlier but I would have had to park at least 10+ blocks away but since most people were done for the night, I got to park right next to one of the entrances of this one.

Even 9 o'clock at night they still selling candles and flowers!

Even 9 o’clock at night they still are selling candles and flowers!

AMAZING!

AMAZING!

It goes on as far as my eyes could see at this one.

It goes on as far as my eyes could see at this one.

One of the graves at this cemetery.

One of the graves at this cemetery.

And one last view at night before heading home.

And one last view at night before heading home.

 I am falling more and more in love with this tradition and I might have to do this if or when we go back to the US, 

Want to see how I sent it last year in Torun?  Click HERE to go to my post.

If you could visit anyone’s grave who would it be?  I would to see my grandparent’s as I miss them more than words can say!

love kelley
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