Traditions and Culture

March 14, 2020
Polish St Joseph’s Day and breaking of Lent

If for you Lent is already dragging on and worries about coronavirus are getting you down, there's one day coming up when all Lenten obligations are thrown off and weddings,...

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December 30, 2019
Kuligi (sleigh rides) a sign of defiance?

This Christmas I've been dreaming of the Polish tradition and romance of kuligi (sleigh rides). Who wouldn't want to be sliding swiftly through the night underneath a frosty sky, behind...

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December 20, 2019
Joyous treasures: Polish Christmas Carols

I'm not sure how aware I was that new kolędy (carols) are constantly being conceived as we tend to sing the ones we know from childhood, many dating from the...

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October 25, 2019
Chestnuts and Polish autumn songs

As the leaves start to fall around us and the last of summer's rays warm our limbs, the season of endings as well as new beginnings and great beauty drives...

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September 27, 2019
Is it obiad or lunch?

Recently I had a convoluted conversation with friends about the names of meals in Polish and English. What is the difference between drugie śniadanie and lunch? Is there one? And...

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May 1, 2019
Why May is a special month for Poles

The month of May is bursting at the seams with important days for Poles, but some of the celebrations in Poland are very different to those we celebrate.  I would...

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March 15, 2019
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 is indeed for your house to gleam with...

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March 4, 2019
Poles’ own version of Valentines – Kaziuki

Valentine’s Day has long gone and the shops are no longer awash with red and pink paraphernalia. But did you know that originally, it was the ‘Kaziuki’ tradition which popularised...

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December 4, 2018
Saint Nicholas, Święty Mikołaj or even Santa Claus – will he visit you on 6th?

When the cold wind bites and the rain patters on the window, listen carefully for a gentle knock on the door. If you open it even just a crack, the bajka...

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July 20, 2018
Polish Legend Lech, Czech and Rus – fact or fiction?

Ready for a fairytale? Or is there some truth in the legend of the three brothers, one of whom set up the Polish nation? Recently my harcerki (girl scouts) were...

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