Heritage

June 15, 2018
From Russia with love – the samovar and how Poles took their tea

"To Moscow, to Moscow" said the sisters who languished at home, bored of their country life in Chekhov's "Three Sisters". The long days of June do seem to go on...

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May 18, 2018
18 May: The day I ignored Prince Harry

As Royal Wedding fervour reaches fever pitch, the young couple will be spending their last night apart. Prince Harry may for a moment, reflect on some of his previous relationships,...

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May 3, 2018
What are your favourite things?

It's a lovely sunny day and it's the Third of  May, the day the Polish Constitution was born in 1791. It's a national celebration so in Poland no one is...

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May 2, 2018
2 May: What is your identity? Where is your home?

All of us with Polish heritage have in common a unique set of chances of birth. Not for us the comfort of our grandparents living in the same town of...

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March 29, 2018
Święcone – What to put in your Polish Easter basket

It's time to hunt out the basket for the annual Święcone (Easter basket blessing). This tradition dates back many centuries when priests would go round homes blessing all the Easter...

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March 9, 2018
How Polish Post just isn’t like Lent

My mother told me she was going to polish church this week to get a real feeing of Polish Lent, which made me think about how the whole period of...

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March 2, 2018
Kuligi (sleigh rides) a sign of defiance?

I know we're already two weeks into Lent but with the Beast from the East and Storm Emma hitting the UK with blasts of snow up to half a metre...

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January 27, 2018
Is the obrus/tablecloth doomed?

Last year John Lewis declared that the tablecloth is on its “dying out” list. In store, many are permanently on offer. Clearly there are fewer families eating meals together at...

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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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