On this night, cemeteries are visited and candles and flowers placed on graves as the living say prayers for the deceased. The nature of the holiday does not dictate that only family members' graves are decorated; old and forgotten graves and the graves of strangers are also visited. On a national level, the graves of important Poles and military tombs are honored.
Candles in colorful glass jars that number in the thousands light up cemeteries on All Saints' Day, and a day that might be otherwise considered a mournful affair is transformed into one of beauty and light. Additionally, it is an opportunity for family members to bond and to remember those whom they have lost. Mass is held for Poles who wish to attend church and pray for the dead.
Halloween is not observed in Poland like it is in the United States, but All Saints' Day recalls the ancient aspect of the Halloween tradition that describes how the world of the living and the world of the dead collide. All Saints' Day is followed by All Souls' Day (November 2nd), and it's the evening between these two days that past generations believed that the deceased would visit the living.