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Days of the Week in Polish Calendar: Origin and Meaning

The origin of the names of the days of the week in Polish calendar is different than in the English calendar. The days of the week do not take their names from the planets and their gods like Sun-day or Moon-day in English calendar. The names of the week in Polish calendar are Slavic and they either signify the position of the day (its numeral value) in the calendar - for instance the fourth day (in Polish: czwarty) means Thursday (Polish: czwartek) or the activity during this day: Sunday (Polish: niedziela), comes from the word "do not do" meaning that this day is not a working day. The names of the week are not written with the capital letter in front like in English.

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Every Fourth Stork is Polish

Each spring, Poland welcomes home roughly 25 percent of the nearly 325,000 white storks (scientific name Ciconia ciconia) that breed in Europe. When the storks return from their wintering grounds in Africa, they are attracted to tall trees or buildings where they build nests that often weigh up several tons. People sometimes attach wagon wheels to rooftops and barns or tall poles near buildings in hopes of luring the birds to nest near their homes. Today, telecommunications companies put up special poles and nest supports for the storks.

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Months in Polish Calendar: Origins and Meaning

The names of Polish months are unique in the way that Poland did not adopt Roman names - like many other countries in Europe (France, Germany, Russia). Original, non-Latin names for the months of the year also exist in some other languages - like Czech (but not Slovak), Croatian, Lithuanian or Basque. But this is rather an exception than the rule.

Check the website with the names for the months of the year in several languages. Check also another article devoted to the origin of the days of the week in Poland.

Read more: Months in Polish Calendar: Origins and Meaning


Love and Lore of the Linden

July is a month of blooming linden, not only in Poland bit all through Central and Eastern Europe. The most beautiful walking avenue (promenade) in Berlin is called Unter (under) Den Linden.

Linden treeSeveral Polish poets, among them the prominent Polish poet of Renaissance Jan Kochanowski wrote the poem devoted to Linden: dear visitor -please sit under my linden tree and relax.... Linden had also special meaning in Polish pre-christian pagan traditions. Gods were living there. Later the pagan tradition was converted into the Christian tradition where linden were especially blessed. Some villages and towns in Poland carry lipa in their name, there is a village called "Swieta Lipka" (Holy Linden).
On the negative side - the wood of Linden was considered of mediocre quality, therefore a term lipny in Polish language means something of low quality.

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Encounter with European Bison in Poland

He stood there, dark, implacable, head lowered as if ready to charge. My Polish brother-in-law stopped the car and turned off the engine. We waited. The enormous beast pawed the ground but must have had second thoughts because he turned and slowly lumbered off to a grassy area at the side of the road. Misty sunlight streaming through the trees dappled his coat as he moved slowly away. He no longer looked menacing, but rather friendly with his thick mane and long beard, although I wouldn't want to come face to face with him while on foot. As we looked around a few more of the primeval animals came into view, varying in size from the giant male which we first laid eyes on, down to a couple of smaller younger ones, clustered around their mother at the far end of the enclosure.

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