Traditions and Culture

December 30, 2021
Young Poland art exhibition attracts new audiences

When you hear the name Wyspiański or Wyczółkowski you may think of pastel portraits or paintings of Polish peasants in the vast landscapes of Poland. Sadly little is known outside...

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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. In less than 100 hours, we...

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August 31, 2021
The humble sosna pine tree of Poland

My family's quest for finding pine forests is quite legendary. Since childhood, I've been taught to look for the sosna (pine-tree) on walks in the countryside. Whether for grzyby (funghi),...

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May 28, 2021
Artist Jan Matejko – putting Poland on the map

The portrait of Jan Matejko’s “Copernicus: Conversations with God” recently arrived at the National Gallery in London. It is the first work of a Polish artist to be on show there and...

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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

This post is particularly poignant when our Christmases may be different, we may not sing as many carols but we can listen and our opłatek may not be shared with...

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December 5, 2020
Are you making traditional Polish Christmas decorations?

Are you thinking about buying new decorations?  Think again. Our ancestors made their own and we all have memories of making them with our parents but homemade isn't just for...

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November 2, 2020
An All Souls’ walk through Polish cemeteries

Saunter with me through some of the famous Polish cemeteries I've visited through the years, within and outside Poland's boundaries.  Poland's All Saints Day on 1st November is a national...

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October 10, 2020
What links our “dożynki”- harvest dances with harvest time in Poland?

The countryside of Poland is "like a ruffled patchwork quilt sewn from rich shades of colour and a variety of textures, from the lightest, yellowish brown to the darkest, velvety...

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April 10, 2020
Polish Easter dishes from our grandparents to the future

 Did you know pre-war Polish cuisine, that of our grandparents or great grandparents was quite different to current dishes? For Wielkanoc (Easter) there were no faszerowane jajka (stuffed eggs), no...

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