All Souls Day – the day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away – has great significance in the Czech Republic. Dušičky – or “Little Souls” – as it is called in Czech is an annual pilgrimage that has taken place since pagan times.
The official Czech name is Památka zesnulých (“a remembrance of those who have passed”), but everyone calls the day dušičky (“little souls”) or všech svatých (“of all saints”).
Activities of the day include attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead and those we remember. Czechs will lay wreaths and flowers at the grave and spend time honoring those who have passed with remembering.
If you visit a cemetery in the Czech Republic during this time, you will immediately note the flickering glow of hundreds of freshly lit candles making the entire area aglow in a very holy way.
You can visit the biggest graveyard in Prague – Olsany Cemetery (Olsanske hrbitovy in Czech). Here are some images of what a Czech All Soul’s Day looks like.