Nov 13, 2012
Since I’ve started to post also about my country on this blog I have been wondering if I should write about this holiday. For it is a holiday for sure. Somehow kind of strangely when I first saw the cover of this book I thought it might work together well.;)
So first things first: thanks to Bözse who mentioned about it, my modest miniature’s library has been enriched by a new book by László Adóba Building Dioramas Stone Objects. It’s a very interesting book how to build scale models from anything you could possibly find home, full of tips and great photos. I can really recommend it to anyone interested in building miniatures oneself.
Here is the link you can see some pages of it and order it too.:)
Since the book and it’s cover tells a lot about tombs I thought it will be a nice reference to the holiday I wanted to tell you about. As many not only English language speaking countries celebrate Halloween by the end of October, I think in majority Poles don’t do that.
Although we accepted many non-Polish holidays like Valentines i.e. Halloween is something that is not coming in our tradition easily. The reason of that is our holiday of All Saints which is celebrated on November 1. If anyone of you know except birthdays we celebrate namedays too. Usually the day of the name happens to be in different days of year but All Saints day means also we all have a nameday too. Of course this day we don’t celebrate our namedays. But we remember all our gone ancestors and friends who we think must have been saints now for sure.;)
Because the next day we have also All Deads Holidays, November 1 and November 2 are devoted to visit the graveyards and cemeteries.
Actually I would call it the national Polish movement to graveyards.;) You can only imagine a crowd of living people visiting dead ones these days. The graveyards full of flowers and lights are quite joyful place then. Here are some pictures I took last weekend, so almost a week later and still you can see how colorful place a graveyard can be.
This is probably one of the best known grave on the cemetery we visit most. Don’t know if it was a boy or a girl and suppose his/her parents must had come back to China long time ago, but since 1953 this is always most colorful and full of little candles place there.
Dziś trochę o tradycji Święta Wszystkich Świętych i Wszystkich Zmarłych oraz o nowej książce w mojej “miniaturowej” biblioteczce. Polecam pozycję Building Dioramas Stone Objects László Adóby wszystkim tym, którzy lubią sami majsterkować i wykorzystywać do tworzenia miniatury wszystko to, co znajdą pod ręką.:)