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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 11:01

saints day, swieto, zmarlych, 1st, novemberThe 1st of November is a day of remembrance in Poland, where people visit the graves of dear ones. It is a time of reflection and meditation, people light candles, lay flowers and pray at the graves.

People visit the tomb of the Unknown Solider to pay their respects for those who died for the peace and freedom of Poland.

All Saint's Day was introduced by Grogory IV in 834, in memory of those who past away. The origins of the tradition came from the ancient Celtic festival 'Sangaub' (death of the body). The festival was a celebration of the beginning of a new year, as November was the time for the celtic farmers to start sowing their winter crops.

The date is also connected with the Bible's Great Flood which started on the “Seventeenth day of the Second Month“, which corresponds roughly to our November.

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The Central Cemetery in Szczecin is a municipal cemetery in Szczecin, Poland. With an area of over 167,8 hectares, and still expanding, it is the biggest cemetery in Poland and the third biggest cemetery in Europe. [read more about Central Cemetery]

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