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Do Poles celebrate Valentines day?

6 Jan 2007 /  #1

I would be interested to know if the polish celebrate valentines day, is there anything similar?

if not, would it be acceptable to send a card to a polish girl (living in England)? I know her quite well but I am unsure if might scare her a little, or she might take it the wrong way


6 Jan 2007 /  #2
I would be interested to know if the polish celebrate valentines day


would it be acceptable to send a card to a polish girl (living in England)?


I am unsure if might scare her a little, or she might take it the wrong way

dziadek 3 | 64  
6 Jan 2007 /  #3
It is only (rarely) celebrated by the students in schools.
OP peppy  
6 Jan 2007 /  #4
Thanks for your help ola, much appreciated :)
6 Jan 2007 /  #5
no probs :)
OP peppy  
6 Jan 2007 /  #6
are there any other similar days that the Polish celebrate?
6 Jan 2007 /  #8
Yes, kind of. They celebrate 'Women's Day' when you buy all the women in your family plus your gf/wife a small present. Not sure when it is but I always get reminded soon beforehand!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
6 Jan 2007 /  #9
OK, Mother's Day might be similar too.
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
6 Jan 2007 /  #10
International Women's Day is on March 8th. However, there is nothing International about it. Most of the world does not know it exists. All women are getting flowers and gifts, including at work. The husbands (boyfriends) suppose to wine and dine their woman. She should do nothing all they, she is a queen for the day. :)

It was kind of fun.. At least, that's how it used to be...long time ago :)

So, if you have a polish wife or a girlfriend - remember this date. She will be very surprised and very pleased.
6 Jan 2007 /  #11
Valentines day was invented by hallmark to make money.
Moralny 1 | 60  
6 Jan 2007 /  #12
another horny englishman
OP peppy  
7 Jan 2007 /  #13
Thank you for all your comments guys

(with the exception of Moralny - I am not after her, I know she misses her family a lot so im trying to think of ways to be nice - have been poland and met her family etc)

7 Jan 2007 /  #14
hi peppy

i have alot of polish friends and i have been told they also celebrate " name day " along with valentines day and " womens day " as Eurola has already said.
wedzidlo 3 | 13  
20 Jan 2007 /  #15
Jan 20, 07 [12:55] - Attached on merging:
Valentine's Day in Poland

hi. i was wondering if valentine's day is celebrated in poland? and if so, are the customs the same as the US or are there are any differences? i'll be having my first valentine's day with my polish sweetie and i'm just trying to figure out what to expect. :)
20 Jan 2007 /  #16
When your love is with you..even winters are warm
When she is away.... the summers feel cold too
just simply sitting in a park...hand in hand....her head resting on my shoulder.....and both immersed in sweet it any day....its the greatest day of love in the world......for the world of those two :)...

Just i felt i post it here... love ya all :)
20 Jan 2007 /  #17
Pretty much everybody in England celebrates valentines day, whether that be by sending cards or going out to pubs and clubs.

If you like her I'd definitely advise you send her something, flowers and a card should do it.
Mark3181 2 | 19  
21 Jan 2007 /  #18

Was going to mention "Names day" which I came across on-line last night but looks like it's been mentioned in other posts.

Was myself thinking of sending a Valentines card to someone in Poland but I'd don't think it would be the best thing to do.

I hear remembering somebody's "name day" that its quite tradtional to celebrate
in Poland would it be better sending a "Names day" card instead? i'm sure she'd impressed that I even had a clue.

any thoughts welcome
iwona 12 | 542  
21 Jan 2007 /  #19
I suppose she would be quite impressed by names day card - but you would have to check in polish calendar date of her name day.
Mark3181 2 | 19  
21 Jan 2007 /  #20
Hi Iwona

I sort of stumbled on the "names day" thing while looking at info on Valentines day so know what day her name day is.

It doesn't really help that I don't know if she's interested I'm probably chasing a lost cause again I seem to be good at that
iwona 12 | 542  
22 Jan 2007 /  #21
Always worth trying:)
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
12 Feb 2007 /  #22
Feb 12, 07 [11:37] - Attached on merging:
Valentines Day in Poland

I see that Valentines day is making the news in Poland....
Transplanting Valentine's Day into Polish soil is a sociological phenomenon. Few realize that Feb. 14 has replaced the Slavic tradition of popular festivities with bonfires on Midsummer Eve or St. John's Eve, coinciding with the summer solstice.

Even if you see the day as a product of mass culture, buying a Valentine' Day gift is essential. Even if your partner agrees that the day is riddled with kitsch and commercialism, you will go down badly in their estimation if you do not.

Do any of you know anyone that still celebrates the older festivities?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
12 Feb 2007 /  #23
Don't know about the old festivities but Valentine's Day has always been here. It's just that it was never celebrated as it is in 'the west'

St. Valentine's Day replaces Lupercalia which was on February 15th. So says 'Testy Do Matury'.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
12 Feb 2007 /  #24
Thx Wroclaw. So I'm assuming that it's true that most PL women expect sth for this day.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
12 Feb 2007 /  #25

As St. Valentine's becomes more popular the more you notice it on the street. People carrying flowers etc.
As the country is getting wealthier and wealthier more flower shops are noticable and of course shopkeepers, of all types, are promoting Feb 14th.
I can only compare this day to the UK. We still have a bit of catching up to with regard to St. Valentinus and the commercialism which surrounds him.
modacone 1 | 16  
13 Feb 2007 /  #26
Feb 14, 07 [00:05] - Attached on merging:
valentines in Poland

what's up with valentines day in Poland is it very popular im wondering? also how would you say happy valentines? just wondering...
krysia 23 | 3,058  
13 Feb 2007 /  #27
happy valentines

"Miłego dnia Świętego Walentego"
"Wszystkiego Najlepszego z okazji dnia Świętego Walentego"
dbollin - | 1  
13 Feb 2008 /  #28
okay, so here is the lay down of polish calentines day. Poles celebrate valentines day, but it is a recent add to their celebrated days. It is more just celebrated by high school age students. The more popular celbration that is a lot like v day to poles is womens day. On this day women are all in the recieving and men are all in the giving. Women, girls, and even baby girls are given something. Your wife, your mother, your sister and your female co-workers all get something. This day is about 3 weeks after valentines day, March 8. It happens every year. Valentines day is more or less just another name day in poland. Name day is when the celebrations really occur, rather than on your birthday... ect... that is why poles always sign their cards, it also tells or informs people of when their name day is, so that they may be thanked back for the gift they have given... if i have missed something you need to know feel free to ask.
James Revan 1 | 66  
13 Feb 2008 /  #29
I always say...

Walę w tynki

translate for yourself :P

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