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Customs and Religion

All Saints' Day by Night at Powązki and Wolski Cemeteries

Powązki Cemetery (Polish Cmentarz Powązkowski) is the oldest and most famous cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, which is situated in the western part of the city. It contains a mausoleum with memorials to many of the greats in Polish history including many interred since 1925 along the Avenue of the Meritorious (Aleja Zasluzonych, est. 1925). It has also a very large military section for the graves of those who fought and died for their country in the past 200 years including the large number of those involved in the ill-fated Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis during World War II, the Battle of Warsaw and the September Campaign. Wolski Roman Catholic cemetery - is one of the biggest still active cemeteries in Warsaw.

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Rękawka or "Sleeve" Festival in Krakow

The Rękawka or "Sleeve" Festival is a tradition that has been celebrated in Kraków, Poland, for centuries. It always takes place after Easter, at the foot of Krak`s Mound, which is one of four artifical mounds in Kraków.

Krak`s Mound, which is the most ancient of all, is situated in the southern part of the city. Legend says that the pagan subjects loved their ruler Krak so much that after he died, they built an enormous burial mound for him, carrying earth in their sleeves (rekaw).

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May 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Polish Calendar

For about 10-15 years these days constitute a long weekend for Poles. This became something like a long Mayday weekend in Poland.

We will start with Mar the 3rd, in the reverse order

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Sinking of Marzanna: Pagan Traditions of Spring

Sinking of Marzanna is an old pagan custom. According to some sources "Marzanna" (called also Mora, Morena or Morana) was a goddess which was offered grains after harvest in hope to ensure good crop the following year. According to other sources she was a goddess or death or winter.

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Palm Saturday Tradition in Poland

Easter Saturday in Poland is a busy day. Every Polish family visits a church with a basket full of food products (a piece of bread, salt, sausage, egg - usually painted etc). Especially children love it! The baskets are then blessed by a priest. Read more about Easter Food Blessing - an ancient Polish custom.

Another important ceremony on Easter Saturday are visitats through the churches to see Jesus Tombs. Every church has a uniquely decorated empty tomb. Below is the account from Jerzy of food blessing ceremony in Krakow.

-- Jagoda

Read more: Palm Saturday Tradition in Poland


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