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All Saints and All Souls Days

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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.

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Special candles are lit and placed on graves over the All Saints Day / All Souls Day holiday in Poland.

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!

Related content on Polish Poland: Halloween in Poland.

Kupala

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A painting by Henryk Siemiradzki of a Noc Kupały / Kupa Night celebration.

Kupala is a fertility festival with its roots in pre-Christian times. It celebrates, Kupala, the Slavic goddess of fertility and love. Any Kupala Night / Noc Kupały event in Poland generally includes wreath-floating of wreaths (wianki) and bonfire jumping rituals. Fire and water both being related to purification. Kupala takes place in villages and towns all across Poland around Midsummer on the night of 23rd/24th June each year.

Related content on Polish Poland: Wianki.