Easter time in Poland

Yes it is right! It’s Easter time now and as you could probably have guessed before, we polish people love to celebrate all sort of holidays. And it’s exactly the same with Easter Break. It is one of the greatest, most colorful and joyful holidays as the Spring is already here and we are getting very excited about it. So, the Holy Week it’s a great time when all different events are held and you could experience some real traditional polish folk culture. Here are some most important and most celebrated parts of Polish Easter:

Palm Sunday

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First day of the Holy Week when all the Christians celebrate the end of Lent. Everyone comes to church with amazing palms. And it sometimes seems like a competition! Palms can get so tall and beautiful you could really call them a piece of art. And people can spend weeks or even months to make them look the most sophisticated way possible.

Holy Saturday

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Amazing tradition when all the families bring traditional meals like: sausage, eggs, butter and so on in customary baskets to the churches from the morning in order for them to be blessed so the can then they can eat them day after together with their families.

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And that’s just one of many ways to decorate an Easter egg.

Easter Sunday

On this day ceremonies ending Paschal Triduum are held in church but also we treat these day as an amazing occasion to gather with our aunties, uncles, grandams and grandpas to celebrate this amazing time and our polish Easter culture.

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And this what our Easter table usually looks like: different type of cured meats, eggs, meat jellys and polish salads, żurek soup (sour rye soup) and babka wielkanocna (type of cake).

Easter Monday – Śmingus Dyngus!

Ok, now we get to the most fun day of all Easter! It is called Śmigus Dyngus and on this days traditionally guys used to spank girls with water but now everybody just does it. And it is a great fun, your inner child has the best chance to come out! Let’s hope for a hot day so we can all get refreshed and (almost literally) dive into some polish culture.

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If by any chance you would be coming to Zakopane on Monday 22nd, there are really cool skiing competitions going on, to find out more check the link below.

Easter Egg Skiing Competition

Hope you enjoy your Easter break in Poland!

 

 

 

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Top 5 vegan places

Are you looking for some vegetarian or vegan restaurants that would make your stay in Krakow even better? Well, look no more! Here we present our top 5 favourite places that will fill you bellies with delicious non-meat meals!

Glonojad, Plac Matejki 2

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 Just 5 minutes away from our hostel, this place offers a vast variety of breakfast, lunches and vege-cookies.

Chimera, Św. Anny 3

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 Located right next to the main square, Chimera is welcoming not only with indulging smell from the buffet-like stalls but also enchanting decorations. There are plants, bricks and art everywhere you look! Can you imagine enjoying you dinner in any better surrounding?

Vegab, Starowiślna 6

 

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 And here comes something special – finally you can enjoy meatless, gluten free (and full of healthy veggies) kebab! Choose one of the four options and simply enjoy this heavenly food.

Hamsa Hummus & Happiness Israeli Restobar, Szeroka 2

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  In the middle of Jewish Quarter you can find and impressive building with all the vegan good you can only imagine. Don’t forget to snap some pictures, as your dinner here will not only please your tastes but also aesthetics.

Nova Krova, Wolnica 12

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  Saying shortly: vegan burger and home-made fries? Oh yes, please!

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All Saints’ Day

The 31st of October, the date well-known to everybody, is celebrated globally as the day of spookiness and monstrousness. However, it is the day right after Halloween that is so important in Polish culture. 

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The 1st of November is called All Saints’ Day. In Christian belief it is a day when the bond between those in heaven and the living is the strongest. In Poland people spend this day with their families, visiting the deceased on their graves. The purpose of it is to give a thought or prayer to the ones that are no longer around, tell some old stories and keep the memory of them still alive in the next generations. 

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In the evening, after sundown, all the cemeteries are glowing with the candle light. Big or small, decorative or simple, candles are crucial part of the holiday. The bright and warm fire wrapped around the graveyard and the people creates special and heart-warming atmosphere. 

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Zakopane – day trip

Spending few days in Krakow and thinking about out-of-town day trip? Why not Zakopane! Located only a bus-ride away beautiful Zakopane offers you an opportunity to experience the unique Polish-mountain atmosphere. 

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HOW TO GET THERE

Nothing easier than that! There are several buses throughout the day departing from Central Bus Station (only 10 minutes away from our hostel!), first ones leaving as early as 4:25 in the morning. There is a bus heading to Zakopane approximately every 15 minutes, and the entire ride takes about 2 hours. 

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Take a walk along the main street of Zakopane. Enjoy the wooden buildings, get yourself some warm and cosy woollen socks or try traditional Polish mountain smoked cheese!  

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GUBAŁÓWKA

If you want to see the astonishing panoramic view of Polish Tatra Mountains but don’t feel like hiking – don’t worry! There is a cable car available, waiting to take you to the top of Gubalowka. The cable car runs everyday between 9 and 18, and the cost is only 22 PLN both ways.

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HIKING

If you feel like hiking and the weather is not being a trouble, go ahead! Zakopane lays right next to Tatra mountains which offer a wide range of hiking routes. From pleasant and easy ones to more demanding and exciting. Most of the more popular routes takes about 2-3,5 hours to pass. The most known and recommendable destinations are Dolina 5 Stawów, Morskie Oko and the highest summit of Polish mountains – Rysy.

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5 Outdoor Summer Spots in Krakow

Staying in Cracow for summer? Marvellous! There is no better place to spend long gorgeous summer days (and nights as well!) than in a City of Kings. That is why we present you our top 5 favourite outdoor spots to enjoy yourself in the warmest months of the year.

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1. Jordan Park

Take a relaxing walk in the beautiful park right in the heart of a city, eat some ice-cream or if you’re looking for something more adventurous, rent a go-cart or water bike. 

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2. Vistula riverside

As long as there are many great spots nearby the Vistula river, the one right in the feet of the Wawel Castle is definitely the most charming. Sit on the wall or spread on the grass and enjoy both the view and a tranquil atmosphere. Also, the riverside has many great routes so feel free to rent a bike or put on some roller-skates and roll along the water! 

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3. Mounds

There are many mounds surrounding the city centre that are great hiking destination and view spot at the same time. Most of them is free, however Kościuszko Mound offers much more than that and it requires a ticket in price of 14 PLN (10 PLN reduced price) – the tickets not only allows you to see the beautiful panorama of the city but also gives you admission to wonder through the forts, see Kościuszko collection, The Chapel of the Blessed Bronisława and the Columbarium and Wax figure exhibit “Polish Road to Freedom”.

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Kościuszko Mound, source:  inyourpocket.com

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4. Dolne Młyny – Tytano

The former tobacco factory is now one of the most unique places to hangout. This big (around 160,000 square feet) complex of pubs and cafes offer an extremely wide range of craft beers and snacks to choose from. Additionally, the whole place is decorated with fairy lights which makes that late-night outdoor hangout even more remarkable.

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5. Forum Przestrzenie

Once an abandoned hotel has been transformed into a modern and very cool outdoor bar. Located just by the river it gives you a chance to enjoy the evening landscape in the best way possible. And if you get hungry, don’t hesitate to try their burgers and sandwiches! 

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Ethnographic Museum in Kraków

Want to delve into Krakowian history and culture? Every major city seems to have an ethnographic museum, Kraków is no exception – close to the banks of the Vistula river stand the impressive building that holds the collection.

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Step inside and be greeted with room replicas of interiors from homesteads to school houses, mill rooms to clay workshops – the ground floor immerses you in Kraków’s domestic and trade world. 

Upon making your way to the first floor you are met with an extensive display of intricately studded, buckled, embroidered, velvety, leathery historical costume from all regions of Poland.

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Follow the exhibition round and discover implements of subsistence lifestyle in rural Poland used as recently as 1960. Hunting, in the form of ingenious traps for various native species, fishing equipment, harvesting apparatus and even handmade apiaries (beekeeping houses) adorn the walls and offer insight into the ingenuity of those practicing self sufficiency. 

Along with these tools of practicality necessary for survival are rooms brimming with recreational tools and techniques used for creative and artistic activities. Study the rolling pin-sequence method for creating patterns on fabric, clothing, curtains and blankets. Take the opportunity to use a foot/hand operated loom and add your own personal flair to a perpetually in progress floor rug.

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Weave your way through the textiles into the hand craft and interior decoration section in which you can see breathtakingly elaborate paper wall hangings or ‘pajaki’, and unbelievable ceiling mobiles constructed from simple materials including strands of straw. 

Explore hand carved folk art depicting everything from celebration traditions to biblical scenes in an interactive exhibit, enjoy the unconventional expansion of the medium due to harsh winter weather conditions which forced manual labourers to find alternative means of income in the form of puppeteering, both selling their wares and performing shows. Puppets and the nativity scenes they performed in are scattered around and link to a film clip of the New Year for fathers or ‘dziady’ of Żywiec in which they, dressed in homemade bright and reflective costumes, descend on rural homesteads and farms and cause a ruckus with unconventional instruments, singing, dancing and drinking until the sound of whips cracking is heard – at which point they move on to the next unsuspecting victims. This performance is symbolic of the restoration of order after Christmas chaos for the coming year. dsa

The ethnographic museum has something to appeal to every interest; art seekers to history buffs, casual exhibition goers to museum aficionados. Enjoy the pleasure from 7zł with student ID or 14zł for a regular ticket.

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COMICS NOW!

Along with the beginning of March the National Museum in Krakow greeted us with new exciting exhibition: Comics Now!

Who is Bezrobotny Froncek [Jobless Froncek]? Was he once more popular than Mickey Mouse? Where was Koziołek Matołek [Silly Billy] going? Whose dog is Filuś, and what is Miluś the dragon afraid of? Can a turtle be a symbol of a superhero? You will find answers to these and other questions at the exhibition

Comics Now!, open from 2 March until 22 July 2018..

– says official description from Museum’s website.

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The exhibition takes you for a journey into over 150 years of Polish and European comic stories. You will get a chance to see unique magazines people used to crack up to during war time, beautiful illustrations in its first original edition as well as many of beloved comic characters in form of toy figures, stickers or even candy wrappers.

Just as comics themselves, the display attracts with its colours and joyful atmosphere. The interactivity and design will for sure make you feel as part of the comic world.

And if you need any more encouragement, let’s just mention that the exhibition was designed by Martyna, a receptionist from your favourite Mosquito Hostel 🙂

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