National Independence Day is the most important Polish national holiday. On November 11, 1918, after 123 years of captivity, Poland regained its independence.
After years of partitions done by Austria, Prussia and Russia between 1772 and 1795, national uprisings (November Uprising of 1830 and January Uprising of 1863), struggles and efforts in various fields, Poles, owing to their steadfastness, patriotism and heroism, managed to regain their freedom. Józef Piłsudski, “First Marshal of Poland”, played an enormous role in Poland’s recovery of sovereignty.
In Krakow we will start our celebrations at 10 am with a Holly Mass in the Wawel Cathedral then at 11.30 am we will take part in procession along the Royal Route form the Wawel Hill to Matejko Square. In the evening, around 5 pm, everyone is invited to sing along our patriotic songs on the Main Marquet Square.