Celebrate All Saints Day in Krakow

A Polish tradition is to celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day paying tribute to lost loved ones. As a visitor to Krakow, you can certainly get involved in this touching ceremony.

When is All Saints’ Day

  • 1st November – All Saints’ Day (Dzień Wszystkich Świętych)
  • 2nd November – All Souls’ Day (Dzień Zaduszny, or Dzień Wszystkich Zmarłych)

What is All Saints’ Day

In line with the Catholic tradition, All Saints Day is dedicated to prayer, cleaning graves and families will pay respects to their deceased loved ones with wreaths, flowers, and candles.

All Saints Day in a Krakow cemetary

How to celebrate All Saints’ Day as a visitor to Krakow

While you are visiting a cemetery, if you see a grave without a candle, place a candle, and reflect. It is bad luck, for a grave to not have a candle and there are many foreigners from military days who do not have family living locally. Once the sun goes down, you can enjoy the warm glow of candlelight which is a beautiful and heart-warming sight.

Cemeteries to visit in Krakow

  • Rakowicki Cemetery
  • New Podgórze Cemetery
  • Salwator Cemetery
  • Military Cemetery
  • New Podgórze Cemetery

All Saints Day Candles

Things to know about All Saints’ Day in Krakow

  • November 1st is a bank holiday.
  • Only public transportation and emergency workers work.
  • Don’t be surprised if shops, restaurants, or bars are closed. In contrast, all cemeteries are open.

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