The Comfort of Mortality

Wish I Were Here


It is the time of year for spirits. Nowadays, however, I remember souls rather than celebrate specters. Halloween used to be my most favorite of holidays. Over the many years of living overseas, my tradition had dwindled to consuming sweets and watching vintage horror films. Sometimes I’d carve a jack o’lantern, if I could find one. In spite of retailers trying to market Halloween to Eastern Europe, it has not caught on. When I moved to Poland in 2007, I experienced, for the first time, their tradition of All Saint’s and All Soul’s Days. Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, is a time for families to come together and remember the departed. Although it is originally a religious holiday, it is also observed by non-believers. People usually visit several cemeteries, sometimes driving long distances to different cities or villages. Graves are adorned with candles and flowers. The…

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