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
Polish Christmas Calendar
Discover the most important Polish nativity traditions with Polish Christmas Calendar - in Poland usually called an Advent Calendar! Everyday we will reveal to you a new Christmas fact.
Waiting for Christmas – Advent in Poland
Some people feel that the best part of the Christmas holidays is awaiting and anticipating them. In Christian tradition, Advent is a period of watchful vigilance in anticipation of the birth of Jesus. It is also a period of frenzied preparations, gift shopping, retrieving the Christmas-tree ornaments and meet-ups with friends. So, it’s time to find out about how Poles prepare for Christmas.
Andrew, Andrew – a girl’s best friend…
“…Express your will and do agree – my sweetheart to reveal to me,” maidens would sing on St Andrew’s Eve. According to an old folk belief, they could get a glimpse of the future on that one night and see his profile, occupation or name. Matrimonial fortune-telling sets the tone on evenings. They include throwbacks to old folk traditions as well as more recent customs which we present to you today. Once reserved for eligible maidens, nowadays they can serve as November attractions for everyone. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of these predictions but we can venture the risk that a good time will be had by all.
On Polish Easter traditions
Easter traditions in Poland - read about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Christ’s tomb, Painted eggs and others.
Easter in old Poland
In old Polish culture, the Holy Week preceding Easter was full of exceptionally rich rituals that built the traditions and developed the identity of the citizens of the 1st Commonwealth.
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.
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.
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.