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November 12, 2012

dozynki

Dożynki

Whether it’s Thanksgiving in America, the Moon Festival in China, or in this case, Dożynki in Poland, harvest festivals are a ubiquitous affair  - probably owing to the fact that it is an observance rooted in agriculture, crops, and ultimately, food. And really, who doesn’t celebrate food? In Poland, Dożynki dates back to pre-Christian times when… Read more

March 20, 2012

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Drowning of Marzanna

The first day of spring is finally here! This means saying goodbye to the dark winter days and saying hello to budding flowers, the sun, and ice cream for breakfast. In Poland, the vernal equinox (the first day of spring) also means taking part in the Drowning of Marzanna – an ancient pagan tradition that… Read more

February 28, 2012

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Floral Design Day

Floral design is an important cultural art form that has spanned thousands of years – and today is a day to enjoy and appreciate flowers in all shapes and forms. Whether they’re arranged into bouquets or printed on fabric, flowers are an integral part of both our social and visual landscape. In Poland, flowers play… Read more

January 23, 2012

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National Handwriting Day

There’s something very romantic about the art of writing – the kind with pen on paper, not fingers to a keyboard. Handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, established peace, freed slaves, and declared independence (case in point: John Hancock, the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, is famous in part for his large, bold… Read more

December 6, 2011

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St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day (Dzień Świętego Mikołaja) kicks off the Christmas holidays in Poland and many other countries across Europe. Saint Nicholas, renowned for his great kindness and generous aid, had a reputation for miracles and secret gift-giving, which made him the model for the figure we’ve come to know as Santa Claus. To celebrate, young… Read more

November 29, 2011

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Andrzejki

Nobody seems to really know why or how November 29th, otherwise known as Andrzejki, came to be identified with fortune telling games – but according to Polish tales, the spirits of our forefathers are at the most receptive during this time. So one night each year, people have parties where beverages are drunk, food is… Read more

October 24, 2011

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United Nations Day

UN Day 2011 honors the 66th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations charter – the founding constitutional treaty of the United Nations – and is devoted to highlighting the aims and achievements of all who serve and participate in this world organization. In the spirit of this day, we would like to express… Read more

July 29, 2011

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Imieniny / Name days

Name days are widely celebrated in Poland, and often incite bigger celebrations than birthdays, especially as one gets older and a bithday is not the most cheerful of occasions. Many other European countries observe the custom as well, particularly those with strong Christian roots since the tradition of associating first names to a particular date… Read more

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