Experiencing All Saints Day in Lithuania

Wednesday, November 4, 2015



Prior to November 1 in Lithuania you'll find people adorning their family members graves with fresh or fake flowers. Markets will be packed with extra stalls selling flowers and candles for this special religious day. At dark on November 1 cemeteries will be full of families placing candles on loved one's graves. This year is the first time we were able to experience the holiday in Lithuania, so we bundled ourselves up and slightly after dark (so early now after daylight savings!) we strolled over to the Bernardine Cemetery, which despite the late hour and the dark was bustling with families. When I stepped into the cemetery, which is located on a hill, I could't see many candles; however, when I made my way further through the graves I was surprised by how many candles were already lit and how many more people were arriving. The dark, only lit by the glow of the candles was beautiful and quite eerie. 






*All of the above photos were taken by J. Thanks!


Have you celebrated All Saints Day before? Do you have any pointers for night photography?

6 comments:

  1. Aww so beautiful! Here in Slovenia traditions are similar! So glad you had a chance to experience it! xx

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    1. That is cool to hear about the traditions in Slovenia. Thank you for sharing!! It was an amazing thing to experience here in Lithuania :)

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  2. Very cool! I'd love to be able to experience All Saints Day at some point - seems both creepy and moving all at once!

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  3. We do that too in Germany! And no, I totally suck at nighttime photography :D

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    1. How interesting! Do they celebrate All Saints Day in Norway also?

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