The Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (1st November) and All Souls’ Day (2nd November) are important dates for most Poles. Over both days, throughout Poland, cemeteries are visited and candles placed on graves as the living remember and say prayers for deceased family and friends. Special masses and processions are also organised.
All Saints’ Day falls on the day after All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) but in Poland there is no connection. Halloween, as it is celebrated in the USA and Western Europe, was almost unknown until the fall of communism but has become increasingly popular. Contrary to reports we’ve seen elsewhere children throughout Poland do now dress up as witches and skeletal pirates, carve pumpkins, and generally get up to exactly the same sort of thing as happens elsewhere!
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