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Christmas or Easter - which holiday is more important in Poland?


bruno 2 | 48  
7 Apr 2007 /  #1
It's been snowing here for the last three days. Feels like Christmas, not Easter. Which one of these is the 'bigger', more important holiday in Poland?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
7 Apr 2007 /  #2
Christmas I think.
pingwin 2 | 117  
7 Apr 2007 /  #3
I believe both. Christmas and Easter we spend time with our loved ones, clean, and cook like crazy and reflect on what it means to us. I also believe that in Poland people in general take both of these holidays more seriously or more to heart than where I am at. :)
babci  
8 Apr 2007 /  #4
Wesolego Alleluja!!!!!
val9695  
9 Apr 2007 /  #5
Hi Bruno

Having been in a market town in Poland over Easter, I know important this time of the year is to them. Just to see them going about town in their Sunday best, taking their offerings around the churches as a family really makes you think.

One day, I will get to see just how they celebrate Christmas. If it's anything like Easter, it will be special.
tica 1 | 18  
9 Apr 2007 /  #6
clean, and cook like crazy and reflect on what it means to us.

AHAHAHA I think it's funny how this reminds to my own culture (latin) that's why everytime I saw my mom cleaning the house like crazy I would ask: so who is coming? what are we celebrating? hahahaha
covkid65 2 | 39  
23 Dec 2007 /  #7
[Moved from]: Is Christmas Eve a Bank Holiday in Poland?

Anyone in Poland help me...-is Christmas eve a bank holiday....i.e-are the banks open ?!

Thanks
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
23 Dec 2007 /  #8
Usually yes but only until early afternoon.
covkid65 2 | 39  
23 Dec 2007 /  #9
Thanks Grzegorz,
plk123 8 | 4,150  
23 Dec 2007 /  #10
x-mas eve is THE holiday in poland.. bigger then x-mas day itself.
tamboo - | 5  
6 Oct 2008 /  #11
um you can not compare easter and christmas and say which one is more important in Poland. Christmas is the coming of christ. Easter is the passing of the Christ.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448  
17 Oct 2008 /  #12
Christmas, sad to say, has become far more commercialised with grinning Santas enticing shoppers right after All Saints Day (1st Nov.) and sales promoters bombarding people round the clock with their specials, dioscoutns and come-ons. Of course the crass commercilaism is luckily offset somewhat by the highly symbolic Wigilia custom which incldues the sharing blessed wafer at a special family supper known as wieczerza wigilijna. All in all, however, Easter is more spiritual because it is preceded by a 40-day period of Lent, a time of spiritual preparation for teh Feast of Resurrection. A majority of Poles make their annual confession during that period, and many attend such services as Gorzkie ┼╗ale (Bitter Lamentations) and stations of the Cross. The blessing of Easter food on Holy Satruday is observed by mroe thna 95% of all Polish families.

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