All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day
Poles celebrate the All Saints’ Day in unusually solemn way. Throughout 1st and 2nd (All Souls’ Day) of November Polish families will make pilgrimages to the resting places of their relatives, tending the graves with a care that is truly touching, before laying wreaths, flowers and candles that will be kept lit throughout the length of the holiday. As night descends, the country’s graveyards are aglow with the warm light of literally thousands of flickering candles, creating an eerie, incredibly evocative atmosphere that should not be missed by anyone with a heart that still beats.
To the tourists we reccommend visiting on this day Powązki, the oldest (founded in 1792) and most famous cemetery in Warsaw, which is situated in the western part of the city. It contains a mausoleum with memorials to many of the greats in Polish history including many interred since 1925 along the Avenue of the Meritorious. It has also a very large military section for the graves of those who fought and died for their country in the past 200 years including the large number of those involved in the ill-fated Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis during World War II, the Battle of Warsaw and the September Campaign.
Where: Stare Powązki Cemetary
Map: click to open
When: 1-2 November, all day
How much: free
March of memory
If visit to Powązki Cemetery isn’t enough for you consider joining a free evening tour following tombs and small cemeteries hidden in the depths of Kampinos Forest, which throughout two last centuries was giving shelter to numerous Polish soldiers fighting for Indepndence of Poland, either from Russian Empire in the 19th century or Natzi Germany during WWII.
If your interest in cemeteries and tombs is limited and if you are looking for an interesting Warsaw Saturday party head to Eufemia music club for a unique “Funeral Party”.
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