Written by Lorraine Grochowsa Kiefer Saturday, 29 October 2005 17:00
As the sunny warm days of September and October turn into November, the trees are more stark and the landscape becomes bare against the dramatic November sky. The eve of All Saint's Day begins the preparation for the "day of the dead" or the day when many Poles visit the cemetery to pay respect to their dead family members. In the old days, loaves of bread were baked to give to the beggars so that they would pray for the dead. Today, families attend Mass, visit the graves, and take flowers, but many still light candles at the grave site. Some cemeteries are all aglow as the sun sets that day.