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Saints and Patrons

St. Andrew's Night: A Tradition of Fortune Telling

There is a long tradition of fortune telling especially for non-married girls on the November 30th in Poland. We need to remember that every day has his patrons in Polish calendar. Since November 30th is under a patronage of St. Andrew the habit is fortune telling is called St. Andrew's Night, in Polish briefly Andrzejki. Similar traditions are celebrated by girls in Germany, Slovakia, Czech, Russia, Romania, Ukraine and even in Greece.

St. Andrew night was celebrated since the turn of XVI and XVII centuries. The main purpose of Andrzejki celebrations is to predict the future of unmarried girl, especially her prospects for a good marriage. The young bachelors used to have their fortune telling tradition on the night of St. Catherine (November 25th).

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All Saints' Day in Poland

All Saints' Day in Polandn, November 1st,  is a holiday for everybody except of transportation and emergency services. In spite of its religious roots it was also observed during communistic times as a Day of Deceased. The traffic on the roads and streets is very high since almost everybody had to commute to reach the family's graves.

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