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How do you celebrate Easter in Poland?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
24 Apr 2011 #1
Which of the following Easter-related practices do you observe:
-- Easter confession?
-- Attendance at Good Friday services
-- making pisanki
-- blessing of Easter baskets on Holy Saturday
-- visitng Christ Tomb tabelaux at several parishes
-- Resurrection mass at daybreak
-- sharing blessed Easter eggs at Easter breakafast
-- Easter breakfast
-- żur, hard-boiled eggs, kiełbasa, ham, pasztet, babka, mazurki, sernik, sękacz
-- Wet Easter Monday (śmigus-dyngus)
-- other?
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
24 Apr 2011 #2
Here in Scotland, it's not really celebrated. It's more an excuse to have a day off work and take a holiday. Unfortunately the scum that are the Old Firm are playing just now so most people will be in the pubs and will most likely spend the rest of the day smashing up the local pubs.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
24 Apr 2011 #3
I'd argue that the vast majority of those things are done for reasons of tradition, not religion.
Krynski - | 82
24 Apr 2011 #4
Oops, somebody has got rid of my post? Is the censor one of the British folks who are runnin this forum?

Nope. all documents say Polish.

I'd argue that

How can a racist pig argue? Due to the rigidity of its "views" it's unable to argue, isn't it?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
24 Apr 2011 #5
Is the censor one of the British folks who are runnin this forum?

Didn't you know that this forum is run by a Brit?
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
24 Apr 2011 #6
delphiandomine
I observed only the following:
-- Easter confession?
-- Attendance at Good Friday services
-- making pisanki (wife used to when we had small kids)
-- blessing of Easter baskets on Holy Saturday
-- visitng Christ Tomb tabelaux at only two parishes
-- Resurrection mass at daybreak (went to 9 am mass today)
-- sharing blessed Easter eggs at Easter breakafast
-- Easter breakfast
-- biały barszcz, pasztet, bread, ćwikła, hard-boiled eggs, kiełbasa, babka, mazurki, sękacz (unfortunately all cakes store-bought)
beckski 12 | 1,617
24 Apr 2011 #7
other?

Went to Easter brunch, then to a flea market. Got rained on too. (I know, not a very Polish Easter.)
PlasticPole 7 | 2,650
24 Apr 2011 #8
-- other?

I go out to eat at a restaurant.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
24 Apr 2011 #9
I like to have Jesus round :) He turns my water into wine :)

Food is the main celebration. Eggs are loved both here and in Scotland so that suits me down to the ground.

Confession??? Of what? Please elaborate, Pol3.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,650
24 Apr 2011 #10
I might eat an egg here and there and oh yes, there's lots of chocolate eggs.
beckski 12 | 1,617
25 Apr 2011 #11
oh yes, there's lots of chocolate eggs.

They'll be even better tomorrow, when they're half price! Gotta love those after Easter candy sales!
isthatu2 4 | 2,702
25 Apr 2011 #12
I watched Jesus Christ Superstar ,again.
At Easter I try not to go "phwoar" when the cute dancers appear in the Temple ;)

I loved Easter in Poland, although Im not Catholic I did like the fact that it is still a big deal and about far more than fluffy bunnies and gorging on nasty chocolate eggs.

I didnt go to church because,well,frankly Jesus seemed to hate organised religion in all its forms and I sort of get where he was coming from there but I do love the fact that so many people still find genuine comfort and community within the church families of whichever branch of Christianity.
pgtx 30 | 3,156
25 Apr 2011 #13
Easter breakfast... plus Swieconka... :)
PlasticPole 7 | 2,650
25 Apr 2011 #14
They'll be even better tomorrow, when they're half price! Gotta love those after Easter candy sales!

Better get it before it goes stale :)
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
25 Apr 2011 #15
dtaylor5632
Unfortunately the scum that are the Old Firm are playing just now....

Nie rozumiem. Kindly explain!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
25 Apr 2011 #16
Polonius3, old firm: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Firm
isthatu2 4 | 2,702
25 Apr 2011 #17
Old Firm

These muppets are even sending parcel bombs to each other now............
wildrover 98 | 4,451
25 Apr 2011 #18
They tried that in Poland...but all the parcels were stolen before they got there...
isthatu2 4 | 2,702
25 Apr 2011 #19
lols.....or just got there a few years after the target haad moved...thats what amazed me about that Polish guy posting himself to burgle places.......
frd 7 | 1,401
25 Apr 2011 #20
Easter breakfast, and the easter egg sharing along with wishing well and all that.
spiritus 69 | 666
2 Jun 2011 #21
I really don't like this "sharing of the egg".

Unlike Wigilia, this is rather a messy affair, eating part of an egg and then sharing the other part with someone who still has egg in their mouth...yuck !

It's even worse if the other person happens to have a moustache or beard and pieces of egg get lodged in there !
legend 3 | 664
2 Jun 2011 #22
-- Attendance at Good Friday services (rarely)
-- making pisanki (parents do)
-- blessing of Easter baskets on Holy Saturday (parents do)
-- Easter breakfast (yes)
-- żur, hard-boiled eggs, kiełbasa, ham, pasztet, babka, mazurki, sernik, sękacz (of course!)
-- Wet Easter Monday (śmigus-dyngus) (when I was a child not now)
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
6 Apr 2012 #23
Merged: Night of confessionals

Church in the Szczecin area held a night of confessionals (noc konfesjonałów) on Holy Thursday, allowing penitents to make their confression round the clock. Churches were besieged by the faihful. Poliosh media are reporting long queues of young people waiting to confess. As you all know. makign one's Easter dutry (spowiedź wielkanocna) is a conditon for remaining a Catholic in good standing. Those who do not have effectively self-excommunciated themselves.
jon357 71 | 21,107
6 Apr 2012 #24
And your point is?
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
7 Apr 2012 #25
I was wondering whether the night of confessionals this custom is restricted to Szczecin diocese or maybe practised elswhere in Poland or in other countries.

Incidentally, churches acorss Poland are being besieged today by basket-toting faithful coming to have their hallowfare blessed. This custom is known world-wide wherever Polish people are found. Easter found Polish troops serving under Napoleon in Samosierra, Spain, but, alas, the local Spanish priests lacked the proper prayer for the Holy Saturday blessing.

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Merged: Celebrating Polish Easter?

How many of you will celebrate Easter this year the Polish way? That would include attendance at Holy Thursday and/or Good Friday services, blessing Easter baskets on Holy Saturday and adoration of Christ's Tomb, visiting the tomb tableaux of several churches (this evening Poles will be queuing outside Old Town's churches to file past), Easter morning Mass and Holy Communion ( having earlier made one's Easter confession), Easter breakfast and sharing of blessed Easter eggs. The Święcone (hallowfare) comprising biały barzscz or żurek, hard-cooked eggs, sauasge, ham, pâté and other cold meats, hot white sausage, horseradish and ćwikła, mazurek, babka and sernik. Finally Wet Easter Monday.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
26 Mar 2016 #26
blessing Easter baskets on Holy Saturday

I'll do this, I find it a nice tradition.

visiting the tomb tableaux of several churches

Some of them are well worth a look, in my opinion.
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
26 Mar 2016 #27
well worth a look

You're in Poznań, right? Is it also the custom there for fmailies in the evening to visit the tableaux in various Old Town churches? Do the tableaux convey various moral or social messages or are they pure aesthetic creations??
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
26 Mar 2016 #28
Is it also the custom there for fmailies in the evening to visit the tableaux in various Old Town churches?

No custom as such, but people do visit them. There's one church that has always a decent one that I'm fond of visiting.

Do the tableaux convey various moral or social messages or are they pure aesthetic creations??

There's always a moral/social message behind them, isn't there? But (I don't know if this is specific to Poznań) - I notice they tend to show Christ after his death. I always found them to be very peaceful scenes, at least.
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
26 Mar 2016 #29
moral/social messag

Esp. during martial law the tableaux were silent protests. The eagle or the map of Poland in a crown of barbed wire, spent tear-gas canisters and the like were hard-hitting symbols of those dark days. Some tableaux showed empty vodka bottles and pictures of aborted unborn babies as a protest agassnt human degradation. When the Jews protested against crosses outside Auschwitz, crucifixes became the dominant Lord's Tomb symbol.


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