All Saints’ Day (Dzień Wszystkich Świętych) and All Souls’ Day (Dzień Zaduszny, or Dzień Wszystkich Zmarłych) respectively are November 1st and 2nd. Dedicated to prayer and paying tribute to the deceased by visiting their graves.
November 1st is a bank holiday. Only public transportation and emergency workers work.
So don’t be surprised, if places are closed. As in shops, restaurants or bars. In contrast, all cemeteries are open.
The day, is used to reflect the loved ones no longer here. While, you are visiting a cemetery, if you see a grave without a candle, please place a candle and reflect. It is bad luck, for a grave to not have a candle, a lost soul.
Once the sun goes down, you can enjoy the warm glow of candle light. It is a beautiful sight.
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