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The day of the Dead is coming


davidpeake 14 | 451  
29 Oct 2008 /  #1
Hi All,

Looks like all the shops are starting to sell out of flowers and candles for this years remember the dead day. I have never been in Poland for one as have been away for work on the last 3, but this year i will get to see it. Yes i know it's not a show, but a way for people to remember loved ones, but it seems to me to be a bit comericalised.

Did you go with your parents, what are your thoughts?
Wroclaw Boy  
29 Oct 2008 /  #2
The vendors make an absolute killing on the candles.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
29 Oct 2008 /  #3
"The day of the dead" is Mexican, isn't it?
All saints day is a bit different but you get marks for dramatisation :)
Go at night time for the full effect of the candles, the bigger the cemetery, the bigger amount of candles.
It is completely different from Halloween, the grave yard being the last place you go.
It is just the Church adopting a preexisting ceremony.
I do think it is very beautiful to remember your linage and think about death but not in a scary miserable way but in a respectful way with some candyfloss ;)

I was at a funeral here in Poland about six months ago and people were taking photos, this struck me as strange, as in Ireland I have never seen or heard of this.

Usually we take photos of Christening, Communion, Confirmation, Wedding, so I suppose why not follow it true with the person's funeral.
You could make a click book out of the photos.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
29 Oct 2008 /  #4
Yes i know it's not a show, but a way for people to remember loved ones,

For visitors to Poland. 1st November:
The best time to visit the cemetery is at night. It can be a beautiful sight and this is when you might come across photographers taking atmospheric photos.

As you travel through the countryside and see the orange glow near the villages, it can also be very beautiful.
OP davidpeake 14 | 451  
29 Oct 2008 /  #5
yes i have been told it is a wonderful sight to see at night, will take a look for the first time, Wroclaw, was told that the cemetry buy the river is the largest in town, is that correct. Magda told me before the bridge was built, they used temp barge bridges because of the traffic..
Avalon 4 | 1,068  
29 Oct 2008 /  #6
I never drive the car on this day. More deaths on the road than any other week-end of the year.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
29 Oct 2008 /  #7
Wroclaw, was told that the cemetry buy the river is the largest in town, is that correct.

I think Grabiszynek is the largest. Not sure though.

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