Primary School in Jaźwina, Poland Polish Family Traditions
All Saints’ Day Wszystkich Świętych
Polish Family Traditions All Souls' Day is held to remember all those that have died All Saints' Day is celebrated in Poland on the 1st of November
Christmas Eve WIGILIA
Polish Family Traditions "Wigilia" is a family feast. It begins with the breaking of the "Opłatek," a semi-transparent wafer, stamped with scenes of the nativity. Everyone at the table breaks off a piece and eats it as a symbol of their unity with Christ. According to tradition, bits of hay have been spread beneath the table cloth as a reminder that Christ was born in a manger.
Polish Family Traditions Traditionally, there is no meat served during "Wigilia." Still, the meal is plentiful and luxurious.
Polish Family Traditions Though the dishes vary between regions, beet soup and poppy seed cakes are found almost everywhere. In some places an empty place setting is left at the table in case a stranger should happen arrive.
Polish Family Traditions The time before midnight is given to stories and songs around the Christmas tree. It is decorated with nuts, apples and ornaments made from eggshells, colored paper, straw, and painted.
Polish Family Traditions Christmas gifts are tucked below the tree. In some places, children are taught that "The Little Star" brings the gifts. Polish Family Traditions
Polish Family Traditions At midnight, the little ones are put to bed and the elders attend "Pasterka," or Shepherd's Mass.
Polish Family Traditions Easter is a very important annual religious feast in Poland. The Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week
Polish Family Traditions A very interesting custom is maintained on Saturday when people go to the church in order to have their food blessed.
Polish Family Traditions The most important are eggs which are painted in colours and patterns, ham or sausage, bread and piece of Easter cake with raisins.
Polish Family Traditions The central day of Easter is Easter Sunday. On this day many families gather together at breakfast.
Polish Family Traditions In Poland, Easter Monday is called Dyngus Day, meaning "Wet Monday", referring to traditional pranks involving water.