Anna Kucewicz

December 27, 2017
Hej Kolęda, Kolęda!

Carollers (Kolędnicy) on the whole sing about the Nativity, but in Poland the tradition of Kolęda doesn't just focus on the birth of Jesus. From 26th December, St Szczepan's (St Stephen's)...

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December 21, 2017
What’s the essence of Wigilia (Christmas Eve)?

In less than 100 hours, we will sit down to our Wigilia (Christmas Eve) feast, breaking opłatek (Christmas wafer) with our families and wishing each other our heart's desires. As...

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December 14, 2017
Messages for your Christmas cards in Polish/English

Christmas Greeting Guide Stuck on those Polish Christmas cards greetings? Feel that there's nothing to add in English to the "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" already in that Christmas...

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December 9, 2017
Last minute Polish Christmas gift guide

Polish Christmas Gift Guide Still looking for the perfect present for someone of Polish heritage or just love all things Polish?  Read on for some late ideas for friends, children...

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November 29, 2017
Your future is revealed – Andrzejki or St Andrew’s Eve

This weekend I will be getting together with a group of young girls and amongst hoots of laughter and hysterics about whether they will get married, become spinsters or nuns,...

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November 25, 2017
Farewell to three outstanding ladies

We are the poorer for the passing of three amazing women this year: Basia Zdanowicz, Luna Golińska and Krystyna Szwagrzak. Each had incredible stories of hardship and terror during the...

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November 10, 2017
11 November – Pride in Poland’s rise from the ashes

Here's a few things every Pole should know about 11 November. Firstly  - that it’s nothing to do with Remembrance Day, it just happens to be on the same date!...

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October 28, 2017
Five reasons Polish Zaduszki win over Halloween

As I returned today from cleaning Polish graves at our local cemetery with the scouts, in time for Zaduszki (All Saints and All Souls Days) on 1 and 2 November,...

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October 21, 2017
Hygge – with a Polish twist

The Danish concept of 'hygge' has been all the rage here in the UK these past two years; it resonates because British people love to find any new way to...

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October 11, 2017
Ten images of growing up Polish

The images of Poland we 'English Poles' grew up with in post-war UK were, I suspect, nothing like what our contemporaries in Poland had.  Our identity was rooted in the past and...

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