Traditions and Holidays
Taste the twelve Christmas Eve dishes, take part in the Epiphany procession, dye eggs for Easter, and douse people with water on Śmigus-dyngus day. Celebrate the Polish way.
Traditions and holidays
Learn about our traditions and holidays and you will never again wonder at soaking wet people on the streets during Easter time. You will know why we feel proud on the 3rd of May.
Day of the flag
Day of the Polish Armed Forces / Assumption of the Virgin Mary
All Saints Day
National Independence Day
New Year's Eve
Christmas is one of the most festive Catholic celebrations in Poland. It plays a major part in Polish culture and tradition.
Christmas wafer: a symbol of reconciliation
No Christmas Eve supper in Poland can pass without the Christmas wafer or opłatek, a thin slice of bread made of white flour.
Polish baubles have a soul
Poland is one of the most valued Christmas bauble manufacturers in the world. Hand-made baubles are little masterpieces.
New Year’s Eve
In Poland, you can spend this special night 250 metres below the ground, at an open-air concert, at the opera or in a monastery, amongst many other places.
Corpus Christi Traditions
The dance of sacred pictures in Kashubia, floral carpets in Spycimierz and colourful folk dress at a procession in Łowicz are among the sights and sounds to be admired during the holiday of Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi celebrations in Łowicz: a step closer to the UNESCO list
The procession of Corpus Christi in Łowicz has a chance of becoming the first Polish tradition on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.
Miracle of the Vistula
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is celebrated on 15 August. The same day also marks the Day of the Polish Armed Forces, which is linked to the anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw in 1920, also known as the ‘Miracle of the Vistula.’
St Andrew’s Eve fortune-telling traditions
A man whom a maid saw in her dreams on St Andrew’s Eve, that is on the night between 29 and 30 November, was destined to be her husband. Today, people who believe in such signs are few and far between, but St Andrew’s Eve still remains an occasion for fun, dances and social gatherings.
Poland’s Independence Day commemorates the country’s regained independence on 11th November 1918 after 123 years of partitions and rule by Russia, Prussia and Austria.
Krakow crèches go on show
The Holy Family in the company of the Wawel Dragon against the backdrop of St. Mary’s Church are permanent features of Krakow’s crèches.
Three Kings’ processions make their way across Poland
On 6 January, Three Kings’ processions featuring Caspars, Melchiors and Balthazars along with devils, angels and Herods make their way down the streets of numerous Polish cities.
It is the oldest and the most important Christian feast in Poland, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Not just painted eggs
Walking through the village with a crowing rooster or decorating floors with sand are just some of the regional Easter traditions which have survived in Poland.
Poles love to spend Labour Day together with their families and friends, enjoying the so-called majówka, the May holidays.
National 3rd of May Holiday
On May 3, 1791, the Constitution of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was adopted.
The exhibition “Holiday-Making Traditions in Poland and Europe” is brought to life by smells, which evoke the aura of Polish holidays.
Polish folk rituals at the click of a button
Śmiergust, the pilgrimage to the shrine of Warmia and beheading the kite are new entries in the Polish and English versions of Wikipedia. Explanations of the terms was written up by ethnologists of the National Museum of Ethnography together with the creators of the online encyclopaedia.