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All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day – Poland
Poland does not celebrate Halloween, but Poland sets its cemeteries “on fire” and those cemeteries are the most beautiful places to be on November 1st
1st November- All Saints’ Day and 2nd November – All Souls’ Day – are days when almost everyone visits graves of their family members. The gravestones are decorated with colorful chrysanthemums in full bloom (in Poland those flowers are associated with this particular occasion) and millions of grave candles (zniczy), which symbolize the presence of God and reminds of the prayer that has been said in a moment of reflexion for those who passed before us.
November 1st is a national holiday in Poland. This special time of the year creates a very melancholic atmosphere full of spiritual contemplation about those who are not with us in this world anymore.