Traditions

February 28, 2024
Spring Clean like a Pole

In Poland it’s difficult to consider Lent and preparations for Wielkanoc (Easter), without also thinking of the annual 'spring clean' at home. The aim of course, is for your house to gleam...

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December 23, 2023
Who brings your Polish Christmas presents?

As children, with my parents we would always have Wigilia (Christmas Eve) with our grandparents, uncle, aunt and older cousins around a huge table in their old house. We would...

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October 27, 2023
Polish funerals – beliefs and traditions

As the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' progresses into winter and 'nothing gold does stay,' our thoughts turn to the upcoming days of remembrance. In honouring our dearest departed...

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April 2, 2023
Easter the Polish Way

As we gear up for Easter week, I've put together a few articles you might enjoy about Polish traditions. Starting with this weekend, when for Palm Sunday we weave palms...

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January 5, 2023
5 reasons decluttering is so hard in a Polish home

Among my New Year's resolutions, is one to carry on getting a grip on my tidying abilities - in fact, to relearn how to tidy. Tidying a home (particularly if...

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December 23, 2022
Where do your Wigilia (Christmas Eve) dishes come from?

As we gather for our Wigila (Christmas Eve) supper, the dishes we prepare are a mixture of traditions from our families. By repeating these customs, we create memories for future generations...

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November 29, 2022
Kraków Szopki – the perfect Polish Christmas centrepiece

We all love crinkly sweet wrappers in dazzling colours at Christmas. I remember the delicious sweets we would string and hang on our tree as children. Poles in Kraków, however,...

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December 21, 2021
What’s the essence of Wigilia (Christmas Eve)?

As I wish you all Wesołych Świąt and a Happy Christmas in these uncertain times, let's look back at Polish Christmases of the past. Soon we will sit down to...

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March 27, 2021
Polish Palms for life and health

With Easter approaching, Palm Sunday for Poles, is as colourful as any feast due to the "palms"- bazie or palemki made from fresh branches of willow with catkins or "kotki" (little...

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December 19, 2020
5 ways to make your Christmas truly Polish

One: Moments of stillness In the hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas preparations we don't have a minute to spare. This can sometimes spill over into the season itself. So remember...

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