Lithuanian graveyards are bustling at this time of year, not with the dead (as some movies might suggest), but with the living. In every town, in every village, people gather in graveyards to tidy graves in preparation for All Souls’ Day (Vėlinės).
Leaves are cleared from graves and their surrounds and flowers are planted or placed in pots on the graves. Candles are then added by family and friends, starting on Halloween and continuing to November 2nd. The candles are lit all day, but it is at the setting of the sun that the scene becomes magical, when they glow gloriously in the cold autumn air. It’s a night to remember.