- DZIADY -
Dziady (Forefathers' Eve) was a Slavic feast commemorating the dead.
It was celebrated in the beginning of winter in the night of 31 October to 1 November.
At the time, in which the nature plunged in hibernation. On that day, people gathered
in order to summon ghosts and get their favor. The spirits were hosted with the meal
consisting of eggs, grits and honey. During the ceremony participants wore masks so
as not to be recognized by the spirits and carried off to the underworld. At the
crossroads fires were burned to allow souls to find the house and spend the night
with their relatives and to prevented the evil ghosts from coming upon the earth.