EASTER IN POLAND – TRADITION AND CUSTOMS
Easter in Polish tradition
Easter – is the most important Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, i.e. the victory of life over death. What an eloquent symbol in the 21st century, when an unjust war is still being waged in the center of Europe, in Ukraine. And still, we consider freedom and peace to be the most important values of the modern world.
It is so difficult to concentrate on preparing for Easter now, knowing that millions of people have lost all their belongings, and often the roof over their heads. That is why we want to dedicate this time to our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, surrounding them with support, love, and whatever everyone can offer in their charity.
Tradition and Custom
In Poland, Easter consists of a number of events. You probably noticed on Sunday 10th April, many people were walking with green or coloured twigs in their hands. These are EASTER PALMS – a symbol of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Let them, this year, be a symbol of the triumphant Ukrainian flag over a free Ukraine!
SATURDAY (8/04) – is a special time of blessing food in the church. On this day, Christians prepare baskets full of food. They include bread, cold cuts, eggs, salt, pepper, and cake. They also put a lamb in the basket made of bread or sugar. However, in each region of Poland, the decoration and composition of Easter baskets differ from each other.
Traditionally, we celebrate Easter on two days: Sunday and Monday.
EASTER SUNDAY (9/04) – In the morning, families sit together at the Easter table, set with various meats, fish and cakes. Of course, you can’t miss vegetable salad, eggs in any form (stuffed, in sauce, baked, coloured), cold cuts, and żurek soup. Before meals, we share the egg and give best wishes.
EASTER MONDAY (10/04) – is associated with fun and … water! From early morning, especially in the villages, specially dressed boys walk from house to house, scaring the residents and pouring a bucket of water over them. This custom has also settled in cities, so do not be surprised on this day if you are, even accidentally, covered with water on the street!
Let this holiday be not only a triumph of life over death in a symbolic dimension, but also a victory of PEACE over WAR in the here and now!