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The Silesian Culture
Monuments, ceremonies, customs
and traditions
A diversity, being an effect of the various cultural influences
characterizes the culture of the Silesian province and its...
Silesia on the map of Poland
Silesia may be divided into Lower(Zielona Góra, Legnica, Wrocław, Brzeg,
Namysłów) and Upper(...
The coat of arms of Silesia
The coat of arms of Ruda Śląska
The Silesian dialect
The native population of Upper Silesia and some
of the part of Lower Silesia uses the Silesiand
diale...
Monuments of Silesia
Ruda Śląska - the Church of Saint Mary of Lourdes
The church built in the style of late Baroque was built in 1806 on the
s...
The church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary in Gliwice – a wooden, gothic church build in XVI
century
Ruda Śląska - The church of Holy Trinity
The church was built in the beginning of XX century.
Industrial monuments
Upper Silesian Industral Region
The biggest industrial region of Poland.
Branches of industry that ha...
Zabrze - "Guido” coal mine
Established in 1855 is derives its name from name of count von
Guido Henckel Donnersmarck. Depo...
The unforgotten trip underground
Andrew’s Shaft
Historic hoisting tower that supports the old mineshaft, located in Ruda
Śląska.
„Pokój” mill
Blast furnace of the Mill "Pokój" in Ruda Śląska was signed into a list of vintage buildings. The
Silesian mo...
Silesian Opera in Bytom
Built in neoclassical style almost 100 years ago.
The Silesian Theatre of Stanisław Wyspiański in
Katowice – one of the biggest theatres in the
Upper Silesia
Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble
Śląsk originally focused on the folk traditions of Upper Silesia, Cieszyn
Silesia, and the B...
Customs and
traditions
People of Silesia are connected to the traditions of
their region.
Traditional Silesian
costumes
Traditional Silesian dinner
The traditional Silesian dinner is filling, fattening, but in the taste
sensational.
In Silesi...
Pieśni i tańce

Traditional Silesian dances
Beerfests
The traditional form of entertainment.
The Ladies’ party
The other characteristic Silesian type of a party. The party for women
only.
Birthday

The Silesia is the only region where people celebrate birthday instead of
name day.
The most important is the 50...
The hornn of plenty- the sweet
beginning of the school year
The customary gift given to the children that begin a
primary ...
Dovecotes

Passion passed on from the generation to
generation, for years, inseparably
connected with Upper Silesia - bree...
Wedding traditions
The evening before the wedding
During the evening before the wedding
there is a tradition of meeting at would-bebride’s ho...
Creating or forming of gates
It is a tradition that takes place usually
after the wedding, the newly married are
stopped b...
Miners’ day – traditional Polish holiday 
celebrated also by people,  pursuing 
connected professions with seek other foss...
Miner’s day
The celebration of Miner's Day has some constant elements for years. In
the morning mining orchestras march th...
Miner’s day celebration
The most traditional and spectacular form of celebrating
Miner’s day is a beerfest.
Easter traditions
Easter – one of the most important christian traditions.
Easter traditions
Easter is holiday with a lot of customs and the
traditions.There are special meals with ham, eggs,
cooki...
Christmas
Christmas in Silesia
Chrismas supper
We sit down to the dinner after appearance of the first
star in the sky. We use a white tablecloth. Under ...
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The culture of Silesia

  1. 1. The Silesian Culture Monuments, ceremonies, customs and traditions
  2. 2. A diversity, being an effect of the various cultural influences characterizes the culture of the Silesian province and its different traditions and new forms of the world presented by contemporary authors. Our province is a multicultural area, formed by influence of populations inhabiting it(the Polish, German, Czech and Jewish). Despite the cultural variety, people of Silesia are really fond of their little homeland .
  3. 3. Silesia on the map of Poland Silesia may be divided into Lower(Zielona Góra, Legnica, Wrocław, Brzeg, Namysłów) and Upper(Opole, Katowice, Racibórz, Ruda Śląska).
  4. 4. The coat of arms of Silesia
  5. 5. The coat of arms of Ruda Śląska
  6. 6. The Silesian dialect The native population of Upper Silesia and some of the part of Lower Silesia uses the Silesiand dialect that is, by many, considered the separate language. Many languages have been responsible for forming the Silesian dialect: Polish, Chech, German (the Germanic Silesian dialect) and partly Slovak. The phrases and words are more similar to the Old Polish language.
  7. 7. Monuments of Silesia
  8. 8. Ruda Śląska - the Church of Saint Mary of Lourdes The church built in the style of late Baroque was built in 1806 on the spot of the previous temple from 1670. The part of the iinterior was saved from the first temple.
  9. 9. The church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gliwice – a wooden, gothic church build in XVI century
  10. 10. Ruda Śląska - The church of Holy Trinity The church was built in the beginning of XX century.
  11. 11. Industrial monuments Upper Silesian Industral Region The biggest industrial region of Poland. Branches of industry that have been developed: mining industry, the smelting industry, transport industry, the power industry, the engineering industry, coking industry, chemical industry.
  12. 12. Zabrze - "Guido” coal mine Established in 1855 is derives its name from name of count von Guido Henckel Donnersmarck. Deposits were exhausted before the World War II. From 2007 again it is made available for touring It is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Silesian province.
  13. 13. The unforgotten trip underground
  14. 14. Andrew’s Shaft Historic hoisting tower that supports the old mineshaft, located in Ruda Śląska.
  15. 15. „Pokój” mill Blast furnace of the Mill "Pokój" in Ruda Śląska was signed into a list of vintage buildings. The Silesian monument conservation officer acknowledged that the object had valuable advantages from a point of view of the development of technical thought, and is a certificate of a bygone era as well as a significant characteristic of the city.
  16. 16. Silesian Opera in Bytom Built in neoclassical style almost 100 years ago.
  17. 17. The Silesian Theatre of Stanisław Wyspiański in Katowice – one of the biggest theatres in the Upper Silesia
  18. 18. Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble Śląsk originally focused on the folk traditions of Upper Silesia, Cieszyn Silesia, and the Beskids. It was later expanded to include all Polish regions. The ensemble has performed more than 6,000 shows for over 20 million people worldwide.
  19. 19. Customs and traditions People of Silesia are connected to the traditions of their region.
  20. 20. Traditional Silesian costumes
  21. 21. Traditional Silesian dinner The traditional Silesian dinner is filling, fattening, but in the taste sensational. In Silesia, meat rolls, dumplings and the cabbage are a typical dish. They are often served during events important for the region i.e.: the Christening party, the first Communion and the marriage ceremony.
  22. 22. Pieśni i tańce Traditional Silesian dances
  23. 23. Beerfests The traditional form of entertainment.
  24. 24. The Ladies’ party The other characteristic Silesian type of a party. The party for women only.
  25. 25. Birthday The Silesia is the only region where people celebrate birthday instead of name day. The most important is the 50th birthday.
  26. 26. The hornn of plenty- the sweet beginning of the school year The customary gift given to the children that begin a primary school – a huge bag of sweets.
  27. 27. Dovecotes Passion passed on from the generation to generation, for years, inseparably connected with Upper Silesia - breeding of racing pigeons.
  28. 28. Wedding traditions
  29. 29. The evening before the wedding During the evening before the wedding there is a tradition of meeting at would-bebride’s home and smashing various dishes. There is a big, loud party with music and singing.
  30. 30. Creating or forming of gates It is a tradition that takes place usually after the wedding, the newly married are stopped by friends, family or people that do not know them. They do not let the couple until they get some gifts (usually little bottles of vodka).
  31. 31. Miners’ day – traditional Polish holiday  celebrated also by people,  pursuing  connected professions with seek other fossil  fuels and geologists on 4th December, in the  name of St Barbara, patrons of the good death  and the difficult work among others of  fishermen, soldiers, stonemasons, prisoners,  mill workers, sailors, miners and many other.
  32. 32. Miner’s day The celebration of Miner's Day has some constant elements for years. In the morning mining orchestras march through the streets. There are masses in churches and in mines and the traditional festivities follow them.
  33. 33. Miner’s day celebration The most traditional and spectacular form of celebrating Miner’s day is a beerfest.
  34. 34. Easter traditions Easter – one of the most important christian traditions.
  35. 35. Easter traditions Easter is holiday with a lot of customs and the traditions.There are special meals with ham, eggs, cookies and sausages. In the morning people exchange good wishes while sharing a hard-boiled egg blessed in church the day before. On Easter Monday young men have custom of dousing young women with water. On Easter people bring gifts to each other and hide presents or chocolate eggs.
  36. 36. Christmas Christmas in Silesia
  37. 37. Chrismas supper We sit down to the dinner after appearance of the first star in the sky. We use a white tablecloth. Under the table we put hay and coins. On the Christmas Eve table you should find twelve dishes. Every one should try, that is supposed to ensure happiness through the year. The most popular Polish dishes are: borsch with ravioli, fried carp, cabbage with peas, cabbage with mushrooms, cabbage with dumplings or compote of dried fruits. Moreover on the traditional Silesian Christmas Eve menu there are : moczka (gingerbread soup with nuts and dried fruit), siemieniotka (soup from hemp), gingerbread with marzipan and poppy heads (sweet delicacy of the poppy, honey, nuts and dried fruit as used in cooking and rolls soaked in the milk).
  38. 38. Thanks for your attention!

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