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Tradition of blessing food in church at Easter in Poland


sapphire 22 | 1,241  
22 Mar 2008 /  #1
My partner has asked me to go to the Polish church today to get the food blessed (eggs, sausages etc.). He cant go as he is working today. Can someone please explain why this is so important and why you cant eat it until the next day?
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
22 Mar 2008 /  #2
food baskets for blessing:

blessing food in Poland

Polish Easter food

Wiki article in Polish:
pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Święconka
Według badań CBOS (2000) w zwyczaju święcenia pokarmów w Wielką Sobotę uczestniczy 95% obywateli Polski
(According to a 2000 poll, 95% of Polish citizens respect the custom of blessing food on Holy Saturday)
It's just one of those harmless traditions, noone see why s/he would have to abandon it :)
I respect it too, and I haven't been to a church service for 20 years or so (except weddings and funerals)

Wiki article in English: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Święconka

Edit:
Without going into religious considerations, this custom is usually loved by kids (of course most of them want to eat before Easter Sunday, so you just have to keep the basket out of their reach, but they are also introduced to the concept of fasting which is good as a an example of abstaining from certain things, usuful later in life, as you can't get everything you'd like to have), therefore when they grow up, they keep those fond childhood memories.

Just one of the reasons I can think of right now.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
22 Mar 2008 /  #3
I was already with my eggs...
Eagle20 16 | 119  
22 Mar 2008 /  #4
Just come back from church. Had trouble stopping the kids from eating the food.
noimmigration  
22 Mar 2008 /  #5
why doyougo to church, do you actually believe in god LMAO HAHAHAHAH
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
22 Mar 2008 /  #6
I don;t believe in god either.....but i think its very wrong to mock those that do....i guess its some kind of revenge for people laughing at you all the time...but its not right...
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
22 Mar 2008 /  #7
Exactly, faith is faith and u shouldn't knock it
Polanglik 11 | 303  
24 Mar 2008 /  #8
do you actually believe in god LMAO HAHAHAHAH

we'll see who has the last laugh :o))
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448  
7 Apr 2009 /  #9
FOOD BLESSING -- MOST WIDESPREAD POLISH EASTER CUSTOM

Like the opłatek-sharing of Wigilia, the blessing of Easter food at church on Holy Saturday is the most popular Polish Easter custom, observed by some 95% of families in Poland and a great many in Polonian communities abroad. In the US it has also caught on amongst non-Poles who have been exposed to it in their parishes. There must be something inherently attractive and inviting about it.
krysia 23 | 3,057  
7 Apr 2009 /  #10
There must be something inherently attractive and inviting about it.

Food blessed with dirty holy water tastes better.
gumishu 11 | 5,191  
7 Apr 2009 /  #11
'holy water' is normally kept in silver containers and it does not become foul in time
Ja Przybylem - | 42  
8 Apr 2009 /  #12
It's a big tradition, but not strictly limited to Poles. There are many Italians that observe this tradition, as well as other nationalities.

Among Poles, designing Easter eggs is a big deal. At some places, contests are held for the best Easter eggs in terms of colors, style, etc. But you decorate your eggs, then decorate your basket, add in bread, sausage, butter, etc., and go to church for a blessing. You're thankful for the food you have, and ask for it to be blessed, as well as asking for feasting (aka, not going hungry) over the coming year.

This is very big tradition in Polish culture come Easter. Christmas Eve has it's own set of traditions to be observed. The death of a family member/close friend has it's own set of traditions to observe, etc. It's our culture.
glaswegians  
8 Apr 2009 /  #13
someone please explain why this is so important

Its not important its a lot of mumbo jumbo, hocus pocus.

'holy water' is normally kept in silver containers

LOL @ Magic water.
Lir  
8 Apr 2009 /  #14
Its not important its a lot of mumbo jumbo, hocus pocus.

Well English, Scottish and Welsh people do it too !

Are you nonimmigration in disguise lol
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
8 Apr 2009 /  #15
Without going into much detail, Polish Ester traditions have old Slavic roots in Jare Swieto. The traditions were eventually incorporated in the Christian rituals.

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