All Saints’ Day (Dušičky)

While we in the West celebrate Hallowe’en, the Slavs celebrate All Saints’ Day on the 1st of November. this is a particularly somber affair which involves visiting all the graves of departed family members and loved ones, cleaning their plots, lighting candles and laying flowers. It is a day of remembrance which can require driving many hours to make sure no deceased loved one is left out.

At night, the various cemeteries shine brightly from all the candles placed atop the graves.

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My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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