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Wiosna - Marzanna ceremony?

Dysydent Miodek 3 | 4
21 Mar 2011 #1
Can anybody remind me of the Polish name for the first day of spring please? I know that there's an informal tradition amongst children in Poland to play truant on this day but that's all I know so cultural background is also welcome information. Dzieks.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
21 Mar 2011 #2

The tradition of burning or drowning an effigy of Marzanna to celebrate the end of winter is a folk custom that survives in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Typically taking place on the day of the vernal equinox, the rite involves setting fire to a female straw effigy, drowning it in a river, or both. In Poland, this is often performed during a field trip by children in kindergartens and primary schools
pgtx 30 | 3,156
21 Mar 2011 #3
Marzanna ceremony?

it's "Topienie Marzanny"...
OP Dysydent Miodek 3 | 4
21 Mar 2011 #4
Thanks guys. I was actually thinking of "DzieƄ Wagarowicza" but I appreciate the additional input.
plk123 8 | 4,149
23 Mar 2011 #5
looks like a bit of overmoderation, wouldn't you say? nice jumping the gun..
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
23 Mar 2011 #6
post as you please
plk123 8 | 4,149
23 Mar 2011 #7
yes, seems you guys did that here and couldn't be more off topic yet no edits to fix it...

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