Facts about Polish Spring

There is lot of to explore in Poland!Today I wanna talk about traditions which represent Polish spring. People in Poland celebrate spring with unique traditions that maybe surprise you. If you’re in Poland on Easter Monday, don’t be surprised if you’re randomly doused with water, do you wonder why? Well, let’s check out the Polish tradition of welcoming the spring.

1.Marzana
Poland celebrates the coming of Spring through the drowning of Marzanna. The Marzanna is a doll made of straw that symbolizes the cold and dreariness of winter. The polish people parade the dolls through the streets making their way to a body of water. The dolls are then set on fire and thrown in the water as a way to mark the end of winter.

2.Dzień Wagarowicza
In Poland, the first day of spring is also known as Dzień Wagarowicza- “Truant’s Day,” On that day, many students cut class and head to local parks and gardens to celebrate the incoming spring, longer days, and warmer weather.

3.Śmigus-Dyngus or “Wet Monday”
If you are a tourist that is visiting Poland during Easter, well, let me tell you that you need to be very careful when you will be walking in the streets of the city.
The most commonly known story is, that way back when, on Easter Monday, boys in the countryside would be allowed to drench girls with water.
Nowadays, this Wet Monday tradition is not only celebrated between little boys and girls, even older people can participate in it. Some Poles say that if you get splashed by water thrown on Wet Monday you will have good luck for the rest of the year.

4.St. Patrick’s Day (Dzień Świętego Patryka)
Poland also celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – people wear green, there are parades, festivals, concerts.

5.Majówka
Majówka or a long Mayday weekend is probably one of the most awaited breaks in Poland. Two holidays of Labor Day on May 1st, and Constitution Day on May 3rd resulted in an extended weekend. During this time, scores of Poles take off from work and enjoy spending time with their friends and families. Mayday weekend created a new spring custom of outdoor grilling. Grilling and barbequing was not exactly a practiced tradition in Poland but now is one of the favorite methods of cooking food during holidays. The scent of grilled Polish sausage or pork shoulder became a signature smell of quality time in Poland.

As you may see, Poland has very unique traditions and each tradition has deep symbolic meaning. As a foreigner I would say that it is a very good sign that Polish people celebrate and respect their old traditions even today.

Regards,

Ana Avlakhashvili

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