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Feast of the Assumption/Lady of the Herbs in Poland

ryanluke 2 | 4  
12 Mar 2008 /  #1
Hello all, and thank you for your previous invaluable help.

I'm looking fo information on the celebration of The Assumption/Lady of the Herbs, Aug 15th, in Poland.
I'm mainly wondering about peoples memories/present traditions on how their particular town celebrated/celebrates. I am mainly looking at celebrations in the first part of last century 1900-1950, if there have been any changes, though I assume many still follow the same pattern

I was wondering if there was actually much 'revellery' (parties) after the Mass and blessing of the flowers, herbs etc. If there is, what food is served etc? Is there dancing?

And as much information as you have please! I want to be able to build a rich picture of this celebration.

Thank you all!
Kowalski 7 | 621  
16 Mar 2008 /  #2
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is the place to be to witness this celebration. Check out google images matka zielna AND matki zielnej
OP ryanluke 2 | 4  
20 Mar 2008 /  #3
Thank you Kowalski.

Does anybody have any sories of their own celebrations? Any community festivities, dances etc. after the Mass

I realise there is also the harvest celebrations on the 8th september, I am mainly referring to the Assumption day, though it seems some elements have been incorprorated into the 15th?

brettchristey1 2 | 8  
24 May 2008 /  #4
wht is Assumption Day?? I am interested in Polish tradition??
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
5 Jun 2008 /  #5
Święto Wniebowzięcia Matki Boskiej (the Feast of the Ssssumption of the BVM), celebrated on 15 August, throughout the Catholic Church, in Poland takes on the folk name of Our Lady of the Herbs or Greenery (Święto M.B. Zielnej ). Flowers, herbs and the fruits of the harvest are blessed in all churches. 20th century history has expanded the holiday to include the anniversary of the Miracle of the Vistula in the 1920 Polish-Bolshevik War. Just when it appeared all was lost, the Poles rallied destroyed invading Soviet hordes at the gates of Warsaw and saved Europe from a bloody bolshevik revolution. it has been called teh 18th most decisive battle in wrodl history. Today it is marked as Polish Army Day witrh military parades and re-enactments.
OP ryanluke 2 | 4  
20 Aug 2008 /  #6
Wow, Thank you.

It has been a while since I've checked on. I didn't know the day was shared with the Miracle of the Vistula.

Does anybody have any more stories of how this day was celebrated between 1920 (Vistula) and 1939 then? Were feasts and dancing part of the celebration in towns and villages?

Any information welcome.

Thank you!

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