On the first day of spring people make dolls symbolizing winter and burn them in fires or throw them to the river or sea. It means winter is over and spring has come.
In spring we have some specific Easter traditions. The holiday has more of a religious significance. The period of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. On that day all the churches hold services, at which ash is sprinkled on the worshippers heads as a symbol of humility and the inevitability of death. During Lent, many Catholics gave up some of their pleasures, for e.g. eating chocolate or drinking alcohol.
The last Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday. On this day, worshippers take the richly decorated catkin branches to church where they are consecrated by the priest. Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week. Another significant day is Good Friday when Jesus Christ died on the Cross. On this day, Polish people refrain from eating meat and they go to church to pray at the symbolic tomb of Christ.
Holy Saturday is the time for painting " Easter eggs". On this day, brightly coloured eggs, a piece of bread, a sausage, salt and the Easter Lamb made of butter or sugar are put into a basket and taken to church for consecration. The most important day of Easter is the Sunday, the Christian feast of the Resurrection of Jesus. On this day Polish families have a rich breakfast consisting mainly of eggs ( they are eaten to mark the birth of new life), sausages, meat, cakes and a special dessert made of cheese and delicacies called " pascha". All the churches hold services and many people participate at Mass and take Holy Communion.
Students together with their parents take part in a lesson concerning spring and Easter
Everybody takes an active role in the classes. They sing Easter or spring songs and Make Easter decorations
At the end of the classes all the Easter eggs made by the students are displayed in the classroom
The students give a performance about Easter traditions