Relatives visit the graves during All Saints' Day in Košice, Slovakia
Slovak citizens flock to cemeteries all over the country on November 1st every year to visit departed relatives and loved ones as they mark All Saints' Day.
KOSICE, SLOVAKIA -NOVEMBER 1: Relatives visit the graves of their departed loved ones during All Saints' Day at a public cemetery located in Košice, the second biggest city of Slovakia.
All Saints Day in Slovakia, as well as many other Slavic countries, is a highly celebrated holy day. Throughout the entire weekend, Slovak families travel across the country to visit cemeteries where their deceased family members are located. Cemeteries overflow with flowers and thousands and thousands of candles are lit and placed on the graves. Families take time to meet together and take care of their family members' gravesites. Because some families must travel to multiple cemeteries across large areas of Slovakia, this begins taking place on Friday and doesn't end until late Sunday night, when the actual observance of All Saints takes place. Virtually all Slovaks travel to their local cemetery late on Sunday night to pay respects and light candles. Additionally, war memorials that commemorate the World Wars are highly decorated.
Although the practice is similar to Memorial Day in the United States, All Saints Day in Slovakia has a much larger observance. It generated more traffic on the road than virtually any other day in Slovakia, including Eastern and Christmas.
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