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CHRISTMAS IN POLAND
Christmas preparations
These begin many days
before the actual
celebration. Many
houses are cleaned
thoroughly just before...
Hospitality
Poles are famous for their
hospitality, especially
during Christmas. In
Poland, an additional seat
is often ke...
Christmas Eve (Wigilia)
If something good
or bad should occur
on this day, it is
believed that the
following year will
be ...
Christmas tree
• This is usually decorated
by children on the Wigilia
day. The tree is often
adorned with apples,
small ch...
The first day of Christmas
(December 25 th )
Christmas is one of the
biggest holidays in the
Christian world. It has
been ...
Wigilia – Christmas meal
• Mushroom soup with noodles, borsch with
mushroom uszka (little pierogi)
• Herring in oil, pickl...
The Breaking of the Oplatek
One of the most beautiful
and most revered Polish
customs is the breaking of
the Oplatek - Chr...
The second day of Christmas
(December 26 th )
The patron of the second day
of Christmas holiday in
Poland is St. Stephen, ...
St. Stephen’s Day opens the
time of carnival, which lasts
until Ash Wednesday.
New Year's Eve (December 31 st )
According to the Gregorian
calendar the 31st of
December is the final day
of the year. In...
In Polish tradition, the name
of the last day of the year
(Sylvester) comes from Pope
Sylvester I, who died on the
31st of...
This feast was first celebrated in the year 999,
when Sylvester II was a Pope.
In the past on the New
Year’s Day people greeted
each other happiness, good
luck and health. This
custom has survived unti...
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  1. 1. CHRISTMAS IN POLAND
  2. 2. Christmas preparations These begin many days before the actual celebration. Many houses are cleaned thoroughly just before Christmas. It is believed that if a house is dirty on Christmas Eve, it will remain dirty the following year.
  3. 3. Hospitality Poles are famous for their hospitality, especially during Christmas. In Poland, an additional seat is often kept for one extra person at the supper table. No one should be left alone at Christmas... This extra seat is traditional – it reminds us that Mary and Joseph were also looking for shelter.
  4. 4. Christmas Eve (Wigilia) If something good or bad should occur on this day, it is believed that the following year will be likewise.
  5. 5. Christmas tree • This is usually decorated by children on the Wigilia day. The tree is often adorned with apples, small chocolates, nuts wrapped in aluminum foil, candles, strips of clear paper (angel's hair) and home-made paper chains etc.
  6. 6. The first day of Christmas (December 25 th ) Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in the Christian world. It has been celebrated since the fourth century.
  7. 7. Wigilia – Christmas meal • Mushroom soup with noodles, borsch with mushroom uszka (little pierogi) • Herring in oil, pickled herring and carp. • Sauerkraut with mushrooms, and/or red cabbage. • Dried-fruit compote. • Noodles with poppy seeds. • Kutia (a dish made from boiled wheat, poppy seeds and honey). • Pierogi, traditionally made with cabbage and mushrooms. • Oplatek (Christmas wafer). • Bread
  8. 8. The Breaking of the Oplatek One of the most beautiful and most revered Polish customs is the breaking of the Oplatek - Christmas wafer. Sometimes, people say sorry to one another for anything they have done wrong and give each other some kind of blessing or wish such as ‘I wish you good health’ etc.
  9. 9. The second day of Christmas (December 26 th ) The patron of the second day of Christmas holiday in Poland is St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Every year on this day, priests during the mass spread grains of oat to commemorate the saint who was stoned to death.
  10. 10. St. Stephen’s Day opens the time of carnival, which lasts until Ash Wednesday.
  11. 11. New Year's Eve (December 31 st ) According to the Gregorian calendar the 31st of December is the final day of the year. In the evening people go to parties and light fireworks at midnight.
  12. 12. In Polish tradition, the name of the last day of the year (Sylvester) comes from Pope Sylvester I, who died on the 31st of December 335.
  13. 13. This feast was first celebrated in the year 999, when Sylvester II was a Pope.
  14. 14. In the past on the New Year’s Day people greeted each other happiness, good luck and health. This custom has survived until now. At midnight Poles still wish everyone „A Happy New Year”.
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