When I first arrived in Warsaw not many people had heard of Halloween and even those that had were not interested in celebrating it. Here’s a shot from Friday showing the queue outside the fancy-dress costume shop in ZT. I think we can safely say that people’s attitudes have changed. Any excuse for a party!
I’m not a fan of Halloween myself. Although it has its origins in an ancient Celtic festival it has been turned by the Americans into a Disney version of All Saints. If we’re going to celebrate Halloween we may as well do Thanksgiving and the 4th July as well.
Anyway, the following morning I was woken by the thwump-thwump of a TVN24 helicopter filming the huge traffic jams on the highway heading north.
Some folk were heading out of town and some on their way to the massive Komunalny Cmentarz Pólnocny which lies north west of us, just behind the equally massive huta industrial area.
We headed over to the Wolska cemetery where all our relatives can be found. It was an oasis of peace and quiet compared to other places. The visit contained all the usual ingredients; flowers, candles, people, graves, grave-neighbours and a church.
Later in the day we took some friends to see Powązki. I must say it was not as impressive as it has been in other years in terms of the number of candles & flowers. Photos from earlier years can be found in the gallery.