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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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Udmurt Villager

Udmurt villagers greet, host, and give their guests a tour of their home. Included are dancing to music, cooking, serving food, reviewing a log carving competition and visiting neighbors homes.

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Gerber Festival

An image from the Gerber Festival in Debyosi, a town in Udmurtia Autonomous Region, Russia. The festival is the premiere annual Udmurt cultural event. Scenes include dancing, cooking, eating and drinking, and various floats including characters depicting various stages of Udmurt history.

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Skaters at Sunset

Skaters practice in Victory Park, downtown Moscow, at sunset.

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Ice Fishing

A Christian worker visits with various fishermen ice fishing on a lake in Udmurtia.

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Woman in Moscow

A portrait of a woman in Moscow, Russia.

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Orthodox Church

A view of the Russian orthodox church in Moscow, Russia.

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Scenic Moscow

Scenic images of architecture in and around Moscow.

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