All Saints' Day by Night at Powązki & Wolski Cemeteries, Warsaw Poland

Poles celebrate the All Saints' Day in unusually solemn way. The cemeteries and graveyards are decorated with candles, flowers and wreaths through the day and they shine through the night. Below we present a selection of photographs of Powązki and Wolski cemeteries by night, some of the photographs were taken during All Saints Day feast. Powazki cemetery is the most known cemetery in Warsaw and one of the best known all through Poland since many important Poles were buried there. The selection of photographs and the text was prepared by Ian Scattergood.

The whole article by Ian is available at Powązki and Wolski Graveyards in Warsaw. Visit also Polish Culture Forum where Ian is a member under the name "Scatts". Check the newest photographs from the cemeteries in 2007 entitled: All Saints' Day Celebration in Poland; Polish Cemeteries . Check also the selection of all articles about All Saints' Day.

Powązki Cemetery (Polish Cmentarz Powązkowski) is the oldest and most famous cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, 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 (Aleja Zasluzonych, est. 1925). 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. Wolski Roman Catholic cemetery - is one of the biggest still active cemeteries in Warsaw.

Photographs of Warsaw cemeteries during the All Saints Celebration (click inside the photo to magnify it)

Powazki during All Saints Day by night

Wolski Cemetery during All Saints Day during the day

Booths with flowers and candles Wolski cemetery-

A large part of the Powazki cemetery is occupied by graves of Polish soldiers who fell in the Warsaw Uprising. Most of the graves were exhumated between 1945 and 1953 from the streets of Warsaw. In many cases the name of the soldiers remains unknown and the graves are marked only by the number of the Polish Red Cross identification number. Until the early 1950s, brothers in arms of many fallen soldiers organised exhumation of their colleagues on their own and there are many quarters where soldiers of specific units are buried. Read about World War II in Poland.

Read about All Saints' Day and about Folk Traditions of All Souls ("Zaduszki" in Polish) and Dziady. Check also Photographs from the All Saints Day done in cemetery in Katowice.

Photos and text by Ian Scattergood, check Ian (Scatts) website

I recommend two books: one written by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, Mary Anne Knab (Illustrator). It is entitled Polish Customs, Traditions and Folklore

I recommend also a book written by F. C. Anstruther, J. Sekalski, F. C. Anstrother (Editor), entitled:
Old Polish Legends

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