Kraków (PL): preparing for All Saints’ Day

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At Rakowicki Cmentarzy – Krakow’s central cemetery – is quite at sunset. People rush around with big plastic bags and often huge flower pieces. At the graves, people are starting to burn candles while others are diligently cleaning and decorating the headstones. In the pathways, there are still huge piles of grave waste that are hastily removed by the cemetery’s greenkeepers in their small pickup trucks. When the darkness sets in it does not get calmer; everywhere there are sounds of swishing plastic bags and steadfast sweeping. And then the calming candlelight starts to take over and I get a glimpse of what  All Saints and All Souls at a Polish cemetery look like. But it is just a little taste of what awaits us, I’m really curious what tomorrow will bring…



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