Human Flower Project
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Raining Blooms on the Cortege
Throwing flowers to the prima ballerina—Yes. But what about to the deceased?
Flowers were cast onto the funeral cars of the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria April 18. The couple and many others died April 10th in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia.
Photo: Markus Schreiber, for AP
As the remains of Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria Kaczynska arrived in Krakow Sunday, citizens paid tribute en route. Thousands stood by, and many of them tossed flowers onto the funeral cortege – a beautiful custom.
We’ve also seen photographs of this tradition in England and Belarus—never in the United States, though.