Flower sellers – who usually sell chrysanthemums for the 1 November holiday, which people lay on their relatives’ graves – found themselves in a tricky position after it was decided to close all cemeteries.
On Saturday, the eve of All Saints' Day, Polish youth from several American states cleared the graves of over 2,300 Polish veterans at the Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The effort was initiated by the Remembrance Association.
Polish government agricultural agencies will buy out flowers from traders who stocked up for the All Saints' Day but cannot sell their produce due to Friday's decision to shut down cemeteries, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that cemeteries will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Sunday (November 1) marks All Saints' Day, when Poles traditionally visit the graves of their loved ones.
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.