The Polish Ways of Remembering the Dead                   “All Saints Day or Day of the Dead”Poland is a new democratic co...
Thousands of candles are being lit on this day which gives you the solemnity ofthe event. Krakow, Rakowicki, and Salwator ...
A Polish family would set places for the souls of a dead family member. Foodbeing placed on those plates are then set asid...
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The Polish ways of remembering the dead

  1. 1. The Polish Ways of Remembering the Dead “All Saints Day or Day of the Dead”Poland is a new democratic country and Halloween is celebrated not by trick ortreat but in a more traditional way. Every 1st of November it’s the Day of theDead for Poland. It is some kind of a festivity commemorating All Saints Day –those who had sacrifice for the Catholic faith and also setting aside to pray for thesoul who has yet to find their way to Heaven. This is a national holiday not onlyfor Poland but to all Catholics in the world.One of Poland’s tradition is the lightning of candles (Zaduski), bringing flower orwreaths on the graves of deceased relatives. The most popular flower (kwiat)used are yellow and white chrysanthemums and asters. The znicze, candle canburn for hours, which they believe serves as a guide to help the souls of the deadfind heaven. At night the cemeteries can often be seen glowing from longdistance. Small lanterns are used to decorate the cemeteries wherein the metalcovers help protect the flames from the wind.Written by: ctd~cecile
  2. 2. Thousands of candles are being lit on this day which gives you the solemnity ofthe event. Krakow, Rakowicki, and Salwator are the large cemeteries that arefound in Poland that are populated during this day. A lot of Polish travel longdistances to visit family graves just to celebrate the day of the dead.For Polish people prayers to be said for the deceased is important. It has been apractice that a Wypominki is given to a priest. This is a piece of paper that has ablack border and the name of the deceased is written on it for prayer intentionand request.Written by: ctd~cecile
  3. 3. A Polish family would set places for the souls of a dead family member. Foodbeing placed on those plates are then set aside and given to the poor. This hasbeen an old tradition that is being practice till today.It’s a festivity of the souls, flowers, and candles if I were to describe it. But themost important thing is, that we keep in mind the saints that have brought ussalvation and remembering our beloved dead who has been a part of our life andhas mould us to be what we are today. A Prayerfull Wszystkich Swietych and Dzien Zaduszny everyone!!!Written by: ctd~cecile

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