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Day of the Dead

At the end of the golden month of October is spooky Halloween, a fun celebration for Americans. Here in Poland, this uniquely American over-the-top holiday is slowly emerging as a retail money-maker. This year, I spotted jack-o-lantern cookies, ghost cookies, carved pumpkins and ceramic jack-o-lantern shells made for candle-lighting. For a Polish girl, who learned about Halloween by living in the U.S., Halloween in Poland is an enigmatic head-scratcher because, for Poles, it has always been November 1, the Day of the Dead, that is the national holiday, a solemn observance and maybe a little spook-fest.

Headstones and graves are cleaned and fresh candles, replace old ones. Here are some photographic highlights.

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