Easter Experience In Poland

This year’s Easter I spent in my hometown Żagań, Poland. I was surrounded by the loved ones – my mom, brother, my partner and relatives. We all had a blessed time with a lot of Polish delicacies on the table.

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Żagań – my hometown
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Żagań

Easter in Poland

Easter is major holiday in Poland, right after the Christmas, celebrated Western Roman Catholic calendar. Easter celebrations are not limited to Easter Sunday. Easter-related traditions take place for more than a week in Poland! Most of Poles are off work from Palm Sunday to Wet Monday. This amazing period is marked with religious rites and practices with their origins in pagan times. Holy week lasts from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

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Easter table

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday takes place the week before Easter Sunday. It is marked by church attendance with palm-leaf substitutes in the form of willow branches or handmade bouquets of dried flowers. On Easter Saturday, baskets of Easter food are taken to church to be blessed; the food that is blessed is eaten as a part of the Easter Sunday meal. The Easter breakfast consists of hard-boiled eggs, cold meats, babka and other dishes, including a cake in the form of a lamb to symbolize Christ.

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Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a family holiday in Poland and is called Smigus Dyngus (also called Smingus-Dyngus), or Wet Monday, after the practice of men and boys pouring water on women and girls. However, the tradition isn’t necessarily limited to males pouring water on females – the roles are often reversed.

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Easter basket

Pisanki 

Pisanki are Easter eggs from Poland, handcrafted in traditional designs that recall pagan symbols of fertility and spring.

Food

Easter babka –  sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins and candied citrus rind.

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Easter babka

Easter soup (żurek wielkanocny) – often served at the Easter meal, garnished with the hard-boiled eggs and sausage. There is also tradition to share blessed eggs with the members of the family and wish each other good health, happiness for the rest of the year.

Cabbage rolls (gołąbki) – a cabbage roll common in Polish cuisine made from lightly soft boiled cabbage leaves.

Poppy seed cake – the pastry is a light and flaky dough filled with a variety of sweet and savory fillings such as apricot, raspberry, prune, sweet cheese, poppy seed or even a nut mixture.

Things to keep in mind

While there is plenty to do in Poland before and after the Easter holidays, it is important for visitors to keep in mind that Easter and Easter Monday are holidays in Poland, which means that shops, banks, and some restaurants will be closed.

  • Easter in Krakow is celebrated with a market and related events.
  • The Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw and other cities is an annual program of classical music concerts that always takes place during Holy Week.
  • Easter foods, Easter eggs, and other Easter-related souvenirs can be purchased during this time to commemorate the celebration of this springtime holiday in Poland.

How was your Easter?

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Agness Walewinder
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48 thoughts on “Easter Experience In Poland”

  1. Katie Featherstone

    I was really interested to see what you ate for Easter- it looks delicious! We had roast lamb, which was also pretty great and then went to a little celebration on one of the roads near where we live at the moment. I won the egg and spoon race! :) haha

  2. The Guy Who Flies

    Happy Easter wishes to you Agness, Cez and both of your families and friends.

    Great to hear you made it home Agness and to learn of your Polish easter traditions. Will a chocolate egg or two make your way as well?

    As a born and bred Roman Catholic I must admit to having never heard of Wet Monday, is it just a Polish thing? I dare say all the girls would love to pour water over the boys just as much. Sounds like some of the fun paint festivals in India :-)

  3. Being in Europe now means you can go back to Poland easier during holidays. That must be nice! Less expensive too.

    Happy Belated Easter!

  4. Anu (Country Hopping Couple)

    I’ve heard about the traditions from some of my Polish friends, but haven’t seen the delicacies in a picture. The Easter food looks very inviting (am drooling already!). And I’ve heard there are plenty of vegetarian options too. Hope you had a great family time!

  5. It’s good to hear that you celebrated Easter at your home. It’s a lovely feeling to see family around during festivals. Your hometown, Zagan is so colorful and beautiful. Really happy for you!

  6. wow dat food! It’s funny that I stumble upon this post, yesterday I watched Rick Steve’s video about Poland and I was telling to myself that one day I’ll visit this country.

    Nice post!

  7. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam

    I love seeing how other countries celebrate holidays! Happy Easter – although a little late :)

  8. Rahman @ Iran Tours

    Happy Easter Agness!
    Your Photos are so interesting and expressive that I would like to see such settings myself and taste some delicious stuff from those tables.

  9. Tim UrbanDuniya

    A belated happy Easter to you Agness! This is a great post – I can see how much love you have for the traditions and of course for your family. <3

  10. So cool Agness! You know how much I loooooove Poland and that Easter babka cake looks divine! I like the way that you share your traditions with us, as we never really get to see these things from “real” Polish people only visitors to Poland. It’s a nice touch LOL!

    Thanks for giving us the tips about shops and restaurants closing during the Easter period. If only I had known you last Easter as we went to Leba (the Polish Baltic Sea) in 2014, and everywhere was closed except for two restaurants! The good part was of course, we were familiar with the region already so we were able to entertain ourselves, and we had the beach to ourselves LOL, the other part was, most of our favourite waffle shops were closed and we couldn’t go fishing as “the season” hadn’t begun! I know, firstworldproblems LOL! :)

  11. Nice Great Post! Another interesting sharing informative about on this blog :) .. I love to eat , and also a food explorer. that why another reason why i go travel :) ..
    I hope more Blog post like this on this blog ;) Keep it great.

  12. Luke Mitchell

    I have such a weak spot for Polish delights, the food is amazing, the culture is equally so. Found nearly all of Scandinavian cultures seem to have a warm place in my heart, it’s nice to see what a traditional Easter looks like there, since the family and I haven’t ever made it there during that time.

  13. Heather @ Ferreting Out the Fun

    This sounds lovely, Agness! I’m hoping to visit Poland for Easter next year!

  14. Abhilasha Trivedi

    Hey Agnes!
    Is that really your hometown??? And not some meticulous painting by an inspired artist is it?? Cause if so, I’m in a shock. With these amazing picture perfect buildings and cartoon- like roads in your neighborhood, I’m sure you’re childhood would have been like vacation everyday! Oh and the Easter table and its contents are simply exquisite. This is why we need to get to home for Christmas or any other holidays for that matter.

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