In Poland we have a very special way to celebrate upcoming new season. After few long, cold and dark months it is time to say goodbye to Winter and welcome Spring with all it has to offer. It is a beautifull time to visit Kraków and see how it comes back to life with outdoor activities, beer gardens and festivals.
For many years to welcome Spring Poles have an unusual tradition. It is an ancient pageant that requires to build and drown the “witch” called Marzanna. Marzanna is a puppet made especially for this occasion. It is a tradition for people, but mostly children or students, to make dolls that impersonate winter, and then take them out into the river or burn them on this day, as if to say good-bye to winter. This is an annual event.
The first day of spring in Poland is actually another unofficial occasion popular among students. It is celebrated on March 21st and it is sometimes called a day of being a truant. Students often skip their classes on this day 🙂
With more direct sun light people of Kraków go out more often and become more physicaly active. Which means the path that goes along Vistula River is going to get crowded again with cyclists and jogging enthusiasts. On this occasion the marathon season is going to start on Sunday 22nd March with a Spring-welcoming 21km run to warm up before the biggest event of the year – Cracovia Marathon. It is going to take place in Kraków on 19th April 2015. Are you ready? You can still sign up!
For less sporty but still outdoorsy people Kraków offers a great fun during an international pillow fight day. Just grab a pillow and come to the Main Market Square at 1pm on April 4th. The rules are pretty simple 🙂