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January 6, 2012

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Barszcz Wigilijny

Christmas is a big deal in Poland. Wigilia, or Christmas Eve, is an even bigger deal – at least in terms of food -  because Christmas Eve supper is one of the most important celebrations of the year. It begins when the first star appears in the night sky and consists entirely of Lenten fare,… Read more

December 16, 2011

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Karol Józef Wojtyła

Karol Józef Wojtyła, born May 18, 1920, was an avid skier, cyclist (high-end Italian bike makers, Colnago, built him a special golden bike), fluently spoke ten languages (Polish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and English), once sang a duet with Sir Cliff Richard, survived an assassination attempt, and, oh, became the first non-Italian pope… Read more

December 14, 2011

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Polish Star

Is your Christmas tree looking a little sad? Maybe it needs a healthy dose of Polish stars! Trust us, they’re the perfect remedy – easy to make and a great way to show off your crafting skillsz. The tradition of paper ornaments in Poland began with the vibrant peasant culture. As paper was more widely… 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

December 5, 2011

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Repeal Day

The thirteen years of Prohibition were a dark time for the United States. The criminalization of alcohol increased America’s thirst for the liquid gold, and led to a rise in civil delinquency and organized crime (does the name Al Capone ring a bell?). But on this day, 78 years ago, at 5:32 pm EST, the… 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

November 27, 2011

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Makowiec

There are few things more enticing than the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. Still, homemade bread making is extremely rare – with even the most avid of bakers, daunted by the whole yeast, knead, rise process, choosing not to participate. Well, that’s all about to change because we have a recipe… Read more

November 25, 2011

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Buy Nothing Day

An alternative to the traditional Black Friday – arguably one of the biggest shopping days of the year – Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against rampant consumerism. A day to detox from spending and reflect on our very own habits, this day was started in 1992 by Canadian artist Ted Dave… Read more

November 8, 2011

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Rollmops

As the weather gets chilly (hello, freak October snowstorm!), it’s the perfect time hole up at home and put your culinary skills to use. And since today is “Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day,” we suggest branching out from your usual routine to embrace some new, and yes, pungent, odors. So in celebration of this… Read more

November 7, 2011

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Maria Skłodowska-Curie

Maria Skłodowska Curie was a physicist, chemist – and all around rad woman. Oh, and did we mention she was Polish? To kick off our series of “Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Polish,” we’ve decided to commemorate Mme. Curie, as she was later known, who is arguably the most famous female scientist of all… Read more