Yesterday was Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints' Day) this is one holiday that all my life growing up in the United States I wanted to experience in Poland. This is an annual national holiday in Poland to celebrate the Saints on November 1, but it is also a day when people all over Poland visit the graves of loved ones to place candles and flowers on their graves. Did you know at least 16 European countries with a strong Catholic identity/history also observe this official holiday that closes offices and schools?
Last year, my husband and I had the opportunity to experience this special day in Warsaw, Poland. As we walked to the cemetery from my grandparent’s house - we approached the cemetery and saw rows upon rows of cars and the most beautiful sunset. Outside of the cemetery the street was closed off and there were vendors selling candles, flowers, as well as baked goods and some food vendors. As we walked into the cemetery, it was amazing to see the sea of flickering candles outside the chapel and the crowds of people. As we continued walking each row just glowed.
I truly can’t put into words what a beautiful and unique experience this was thus here are some photos for you...