One of the many perks

Days like to today are one of the BIG highlights of living here in Poland, All Saints Day!

One of the many perks of living in a different country is learning about their traditions and customs.  

From living here now almost 2 years, I would have to say today is the biggest holiday here, sort of Christmas.  Why?  Here a few pictures from yesterday when I was driving past a local cemetery yesterday, it was CRAZY with people and it is not even the holiday yet.  What until I post tomorrow from the pictures I take today. 

Because cars are parked like this at the cemeteries and it is not even holiday yet!

Because cars are parked like this at the cemeteries and it is not even holiday yet!

Tents spring up like this one next to all cemeteries a couple of days before hand.

Tents spring up like this one next to all cemeteries a couple of days before hand.

Selling just a few candles.

Selling just a few candles.

Yes, mums are the flower of choice for this holiday here.

Yes, mums are the flower of choice for this holiday here.

No need to going shopping at the stores for stuff, you can do it all right here.

No need to go shopping at the stores for stuff, you can do it all right here.

Even down the street they are selling stuff.

Even down the street they are selling stuff.

If you want to see what I did last year to celebrate All Saint’s Day click HERE to my post from last year.

Well I guess I need to get out of my pajamas’s and head down to one of cemeteries here and part-take in the tradition by placing a candle or 2 at one of the old military sections as they seem not have family anymore that visit them.  

So to all my Polish readers, I wish you a blessed and safe Wszystkish Swietych!

love kelley
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4 Responses to One of the many perks

  1. Ida says:

    Dzień Wszystkich Świętych is my favourite holiday (I like it even more than Christmas). I’m on my way to cementary Powązkowski in Warsaw – it’s beautiful there… Have a great evening!

  2. Scott R. Lucado says:

    For what it’s worth, All Saints’ Day precedes All Souls’ Day. The former recognizes all of the saints, both named and unnamed, in the faith. (Those special believers in heaven who haven’t been through a formal canonization process are still considered saints.)

    All Souls’ Day (November 2nd) is a commemoration of all the departed, whether they’re in heaven or not. Hence the remembrance at cemeteries.

    And it’s very commendable of you to remember the fallen soldiers. I was at a small military cemetery near Radgoszcz, and there were World War I graves there of German (Prussian) and Russian soldiers. Many of them are unknown. And local legend has it that German soldiers from WWII are also buried there, but in unmarked graves so that the approaching Russians wouldn’t desecrate the graves.

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