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When life gives you lemons…make this Polish Lemon Liqueur! Posted by on Feb 28, 2020

Most of us know this old saying “When life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade”. Obviously, this quote is used to encourage optimism in the face of adversity. Lemons are sour and represent life’s challenges, whereas a lemonade is sweet and represents facing life’s challenges and turning them into something positive. In other…

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History of the Wet Monday in Poland Posted by on Apr 3, 2018

Traditional Polish Easter lasts longer than here in US. There 2 days to celebrate, not one! Easter Sunday it’s called 1st Day Of The Holiday (Pierwszy Dzień Świąt) and Monday is called 2nd Day Of The Holiday (Drugi Dzień Świąt). Monday is a national holiday and is a day off from work. Wet Monday is…

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How did I do with Polish wedding superstitions??? Posted by on Jan 27, 2018

“Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married Gee, I really love you And we’re gonna get married Goin’ to the chapel of love” Can you hear the wedding bells?  Two hearts skipping a beat, a romantic proposal and plans for your future together! It…

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Special meaning of Polish Christmas traditions Posted by on Dec 25, 2017

In Poland, Advent is the beginning of Christmas Time. It’s a time when people try to be peaceful and remember the real reason for Christmas. People try not to have excess of anything. Some people give up their favorite foods or drinks and parties and discos are not widely held. Some people also go to…

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Waiting for the first star in the sky during Wigilia Posted by on Dec 24, 2017

Many Poles wait until the first star appears in the sky before sitting down to eat on December 24th. This tradition commemorates the Star of Bethlehem, which according to the New Testament guided the Wise Men to the birthplace of Christ. Nowadays, with so many satellites circling around the Earth and reflecting light, its sometimes…

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Carp in the bathtub and hay under the tablecloth! Posted by on Dec 21, 2017

The Wigilia (Christmas eve) feast has some unusual traditions, most curiously placing a layer of hay under the tablecloth. It’s a way of remembering that Jesus was born among animals. In many Polish houses (especially in the countryside) it is customary to put some hay underneath the table cloth. After the food, family members would draw a…

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Tradition of breaking wafer during Christmas Eve dinner in Poland Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

One of the most beautiful Polish Christmas customs is breaking of the “opłatek.”  The “oplatek” is a thin wafer, made of flour and water. For table use, it is white. In Poland, colored wafers are used to make Christmas tree decorations. Formerly, these were baked by organists or by religious and were distributed from house…

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