If you fly over Poland tonight and in the coming days you’ll see a sea of lights twinkling in the darkness. Not from cars or streetlights, but from the millions of candles that Poles put on the graves of their families. It’s the 1st of November. It’s All Saints Day. An emotional day where Poland’s past and present come together in a moving act of national and individual remembrance. In this special episode of Heart of Poland, Patrick Ney visits one of Warsaw’s most important cemeteries to take you straight to the heart of this day. Discover the traditions and origins of All Saints Day and hear from people visiting the graves of loved ones and special figures from Polish history.Share if this film moved you and share your comments below.
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