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