For All Saints’ Day (1 November), which is something like the Christian version of Halloween, it is customary to visit the cemetery and leave flowers and candles behind for the deceased relatives and friends. The custom seems to be respected mainly in Catholic areas and countries and even between them there are some differing traditions. From Southern Germany for example, I only remember visiting the cemetery during the day and leaving flowers. In Lithuania however, the whole affair is much spookier and more romantic: the visits to the cemetery happen late at night and thousands of candles light the cemetery.
Some graves are clearly more popular than others. The following photo shows the grave where the Lithuanian author Balys Sruoga is buried. I just started reading his book “Forest of the Gods” about the experience in a Nazi concentration camp.
I took these photos during a tour which was organised by a local Couchsurfing member and which included Saulės, Bernardinų and Rasų cemeteries in Vilnius.
(C) for all photos: Andreas Moser on 1 November 2012