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What Are The celebrated Holidays In Poland?


Khaled 1 | 9  
14 Jul 2008 /  #1
Czesc All
Wish Everybody is fine:)
I Wann To Know About All The Special Days which Are Celebrated In Poland
With Names and Date and if its Possible the raison Why That Days Are Celebrated
Thank You All:) Salam / Papa
Avalon 4 | 1,068  
14 Jul 2008 /  #2
mmm.......every day I have a full bottle of vodka is a special day and I celebrate it until I fall over..:-)
OP Khaled 1 | 9  
14 Jul 2008 /  #3
:) So This Is (Avalon's) Days Holidays Not Poland One :)
I Wann To know What common all Poles Together In This Days
Not Only Yours :)
Thx For Your Sweet Comment Avalon :)
Wahldo  
14 Jul 2008 /  #4
mmm.......every day I have a full bottle of vodka is a special day and I celebrate it until I fall over..:-)

Haha, well I would contend little traditions are a good thing.
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
14 Jul 2008 /  #5
fortunatelly I have this thing saved on my harddisc :)

non-working days (by law):
- Sundays
- 1 Jan - Nowy Rok (New Year's Day)
- pierwszy dzień Wielkiej Nocy (Easter Sunday)
- drugi dzień Wielkiej Nocy (Easter Monday)
- 1 May - Święto Państwowe (National Holiday, ex-Labour Day)
- 3 May - Święto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja (3rd May National Holiday - anniversary of 1791 Constitution, the second in the world, after USA)
- pierwszy dzień Zielonych Świątek (first day of Pentecost - always 7 weeks after Easter Sunday, so naturally on Sunday as well)
- dzień Bożego Ciała (Corpus Christi - always 60 days after Easter Sunday, so naturally always on Thursday)
- 15 Aug - (a double holiday):
a/ (religious) Wniebowzięcie Najświętszej Maryi Panny (Assumption of the Virgin Mary or The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary),

b/ (national) - Dzień Wojska Polskiego (Polish Army Day) - anniversary of the decisive battle (August 1920) against Communist Russia (Cud nad Wisłą - Miracle at the Vistula river) in the 1919-20 Polish-Soviet war.

1 Nov - Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints' Day)
11 Nov - Narodowe Święto Niepodległości (National Independence Day - anniversary of WWI end in 1918)
25 Dec - pierwszy dzień Bożego Narodzenia (Christmas - day one)
26 Dec - drugi dzień Bożego Narodzenia (Christmas - day two)

Movable religious holidays:
2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010
Easter Sunday 08.04 / 23.03 / 12.04 / 04.04
Easter Monday 09.04 / 24.03 / 13.04 / 05.04
Pentecost 27.05 / 11.05 / 31.05 / 23.05
Corpus Christi 07.06 / 22.05 / 11.06 / 03.06

other 2 important celebrated days (though they are not official holidays, so you normally go to work):

24 Dec - Wigilia (Christmas' Eve) - in Poland, unlike many other Christian (or pagan/atheist countries, but with Christian roots) the 24th of December is a quite special day, there's a big supper (held traditionally when the first star appears on the sky) with 12 dishes (fish is eaten, but no meat, although a few years ago the Church of Poland allowed meat too), before starting the supper we share "opłatek" (Christmas wafer - host) and exchanges wishes for the year to come. There's also one seat empty and a set of plates for an "unexpected" guest.

At midnight many people go to church for "pasterka" (special mass).

31 Dec - last day of the year (called "Sylwester" in Polish), like in most European countries.

Name Day/ Birthday
Depending on the family the most important individual celebration is someone's Birthday or Name Day (you can find in a calender when everyone has his/her Name Day. Originally it was a day dedicated to a saint patron with whom you shared the same name, but now it's not religious anymore, simply traditional).

18th Birthday is special, because you're not a child anymore (before the 18th birthday you're a minor according to the law - with limited responsabilities and privileges)

Some other individual special days:
Anniversary of your marriage (women are often sensitive to this, so it's better if the husband doesn't forget :)

Chrzest (Baptism) - the day on which a baby is given a name - in Poland it happens in church (unless someone doesn't want, then they just register the baby's given name in an office, without the religious ceremony, but many atheists still choose the church way, just a tradition)

Chrzciny - is a party held for invited family (and some friends) after the Baptism.
OP Khaled 1 | 9  
20 Jul 2008 /  #6
Thank You Ver Much Wahldo For This Interesting Information :)
Wahldo  
20 Jul 2008 /  #7
You don't like a drink now and then?
Polskiej_Dumy 18 | 66  
22 Oct 2009 /  #8
Oct 22, 09, 21:48 - Thread attached on merging:
What national holidays are mostly celebrated in Poland?

like independence day, constitution day etc.
krysia 23 | 3,058  
22 Oct 2009 /  #9
Halloween and Thanksgiving
plk123 8 | 4,148  
22 Oct 2009 /  #10
krysiapoland culture? wrf?

independance day, constitution day

+
easter, dyngus
x-mas eve - wigilia
new year's eve - sylwestra
krysia 23 | 3,058  
22 Oct 2009 /  #11
poland culture?

So, what's your point?
plk123 8 | 4,148  
22 Oct 2009 /  #12
what do you mean what's my point? read the thread again, please.
krysia 23 | 3,058  
22 Oct 2009 /  #13
Poles celebrate Thanksgiving in Chicago, be making pierogi. lol
plk123 8 | 4,148  
22 Oct 2009 /  #14
/ Poland Culture /

-and not -ish.
beckski 12 | 1,617  
22 Oct 2009 /  #15
Halloween and Thanksgiving

You forgot to mention Kwanzaa, lol. (Founded by an ex-inmate/Calif State University college professor.)

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