Hi it’s Khato and today we will talk about Easter traditions in Poland. I will tell you interesting facts about how Polish people celebrate Easter and how they prepare for this important holiday.
First we need to talk a little bit about the history of where and when this tradition began. As we all knew, Easter is the oldest and most important feast of the Christian liturgical year, established to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The date of the feast was fixed in 325 by the First Council of Nicaea. It is linked to the Jewish festival of Passover and falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon, i.e. between 22 March and 25 April.
The first an important tradition is święconka. Almost every household in Poland collects a święconka – a basket of food, on the eve of Easter, which is later taken to the church for consecration. There are bound to be some colouring, baked goods, meat products and salt. As a rule, Poles consecrate a symbolic amount of food. Small wicker food baskets are decorated with napkins, flowers and willow.
The second an important tradition is – Easter tomorrow. A favourite Easter meal of Poles. On Easter Sunday, the whole family gathers together. Breakfast begins with the sharing of an egg from the święconka. It is not customary to give each other gifts on Easter in Poland, but if children will be in the house, you can bring sweets for them. Many people bring an Easter dish with them when they visit.
The third an important tradition is – Wet Monday. śmigus-dyngus, or Wet Monday (lany poniedziałek) is an unusual second-day holiday entertainment. On the occasion of Easter Monday in Poland, children and young people pour water on each other. Once upon a time, unmarried girls were the exclusive target of a water attack. It was believed that a young lady who was soaked to the skin would soon be married. As recently as 10-15 years ago, it was common for casual passers-by to become “victims” of such games. The wet Monday tradition is now less common in big cities, but can still be seen in smaller towns and villages in Poland. Accordingly, we have the opportunity to participate in this and have a fun. So We will meet next week with new emotions and impressions.