All Saints’ Day is a Catholic Church celebration happening annually on November 1. It is dedicated to the saints. It should not be confused with All Souls’ Day which happens on November 2 and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven. People in Poland visit cemeteries and light candles on graves of their loved ones and family members.
In Kraków especially on this special day you should visit Rakowicki Cemetery. It is located in the centre of Kraków and was founded at the beginning of the 19th century. It was expanded several times and at present covers an area of about 42 hectares. Many notable Cracovians, among them the parents of Pope John Paul II, are buried here. This place has a National significance, as it stands for a national monument of great historical and artistic value. Some of the gravestones and mausoleums are the work of well-known Polish architects.
In this special time for melancholic music enthusiasts the city of Kraków has also something to offer. Untill 9 November you can take part in The Cracow Jazz All Souls’ Day Festival! The 60 years old festival will take place in Wieliczka Salt Mine, Kraków Opera and pubs like Piwnica pod Baranami, Pod Jaszczurami and Rotunda. As one of the oldest and most significant to the city festivals – it hosts world famous jazz artists. See the details on festival’s website: http://www.krakowskiezaduszkijazzowe.dt.pl/index.html