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10 Polish Christmas Traditions

Christmas celebrations start in Poland on the 24th December – Wigilia Christmas Eve. Christmas dinner starts as soon as the first star is spotted on sky (which is around 6-7 pm). Before dinner, we share opłatek Christmas wafer and we wish all the best to each other. We leave an extra seat for the unexpected guest – no one should be alone or hungry on Christmas Eve.… Continue reading 10 Polish Christmas Traditions

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The 12 dishes of Polish Christmas Eve

In Poland the 24th of December is probably the most important day of Christmas. It is known as Wigilia (pronounced vee-GHEE-lee-uh). Everyone puts a lot of effort into the the preparation of the Christmas Eve dinner Kolacja wigilijna. There are traditionally 12 dishes served on the table (referring to the twelve apostles). What can you find there? It depends from… Continue reading The 12 dishes of Polish Christmas Eve

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The Drowning of Marzanna: Polish way of saying farewell to Winter

Hello Spring and Goodbye Winter 🙂 In Poland, the first day of spring is celebrated by Drowning of Marzanna (in polish: Topienie Marzanny). Marzanna is the old Slavic goddess of winter, plague and death. By burning and drowning the effigy of Marzanna, the ancient Slavs wanted to protect themselves from winter and encourage the timely… Continue reading The Drowning of Marzanna: Polish way of saying farewell to Winter

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Happy Women’s Day

Wonderful Outstanding Marvellous Adorable Nice International Women’s Day held on 8th March is celebrated by many countries around the world to honour women’s achievements throughout the history. Started as a political event, the holiday adopted in the culture of many countries. In some celebrations, the day lost its political tone, and became simply an occasion… Continue reading Happy Women’s Day

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Fat Thursday: Poland’s love affair with doughnuts

Today is last Thursday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. But…what is so special about it? Well, many Catholic countries celebrate Fat Thursday on that day. Traditionally it is a day dedicated to eating (sounds good to me). Lent is a time of fasting, so no sweets or treats are allowed! The next… Continue reading Fat Thursday: Poland’s love affair with doughnuts