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Cleaning the graves

A Polish woman cares for the grave of her deceased relative. Poles are embarrassed to leave a grave uncared for on All Saints Day. Often before the holiday, they clean graves in anticipation of the family’s visit and the glances of other families visiting nearby graves. (IMB Photo by Kelvin Joseph)

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Rakowicki Cemetery

In Kraków’s Rakowicki Cemetery, a woman prepares a grave for All Saints Day with candles and cut flowers. (IMB Photo by Kelvin Joseph)

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Salwator Cemetery

The glow of candles matches the color of the sunset in Salwator Cemetery situated on a hilltop above Kraków, Poland, on the evening before All Saints Day. Families often visit graves of many loved ones over several days around the holiday. (IMB Photo by Kelvin Joseph)

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Prayers for the dead

Prayers for the deceased are an important part of All Saints Day for Catholic Poles as they believe their prayers influence God’s decision to allow those in purgatory into heaven. (IMB Photo by Kelvin Joseph)

 

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Salwator Cemetery Crypt

On All Saints Day, a small chapel inside Kraków, Poland’s Salwator Cemetery opens its crypt for Poles to visit the graves of historic Catholics. (IMB Photo by Kelvin Joseph)

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Family visit

A family carries flowers and candles to Kraków’s Salwator Cemetery on All Saints Day. Chrysanthemums are the typical flowers for All Saints Day. Beginning in October, stores sell large pots of brightly blooming chrysanthemums for Poles to leave on the graves of their loved ones. (IMB Photo by Kelvin Joseph)

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All Saints Day

As evening falls on All Saints Day, the glow of thousands of candles spreads through Kraków, Poland’s New Podgórze Cemetery. Families leave candles on the hillside graves to continue a respectful holiday tradition and create a poignant memorial. (IMB Photo by Kelvin Joseph)

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Polish Architecture

Soviet apartment building in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Polish Architecture

Tourist shots in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Window Reflections

Tourist shots in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Street Car

Tourist shots in Wroclaw, Poland.

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St. Elizabeth’s Church

St. Elizabeth’s Church in Wroclaw, Poland.

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St. Elizabeth’s Church

St. Elizabeth’s Church in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Town Hall

Tourist shot of the Town Hall (or Stary Ratusz in Polish) in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Royal Quarters

The inner courtyard of Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland.

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Coin Jar

Coin jar at Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland.

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Windows and Balconies

Inside Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, Poland.

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Golden Madonna

Art inside Krakow Cathedral, Poland.

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Bronze Artwork

Art inside Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland.

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Green Doorway

Door details of Krakow Cathedral, Poland.

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