Although visitors to Wrocław may not have ancestors buried here, a trip to one of the city’s cemeteries during this unforgettable ceremony is, indeed, requisite. While we could wax poetic about the unearthly glow of the immense candlelight, the murmur of prayer and psalms, the subtle smells of the incense, fresh flowers and burning wax, the shades of ravens in the trees, the wet grass and mists, and the surreal duality of the supernaturally charged, yet tranquil atmosphere, we’d prefer you just experience it for yourself. We also challenge you to find a lonely, unlit grave and place a candle on it (it won't be easy).
Though the ceremony symbolically lasts for two days, only November 1st is officially a public holiday; as such, you can expect Wrocław's restaurants, shops and bars to be bolted shut. The city's Catholic cemeteries, by contrast, will be open until last guest, and we've listed those closest to the centre below so that you too can join in this inspiring tradition.