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Valentine’s Day (Walentynki) is one of the most romantic days of the year celebrated in many countries including Poland on February 14. Poles were quick to adopt Western-style celebrations of Valentine’s Day and nowadays it’s as popular in Poland as anywhere else. And with this special day just around the corner, let’s see how Poles celebrate Walentynki!
Valentine’s Day in Poland celebrated with intense joy and excitement but Poland never gets exhausted with it because the event is very economically celebrated there. Roses (róże), chocolates (czekoladki), candies (cukierki) and cards (kartki) are the most beloved gifts for the romantic occasion for polish people.
People give flower bouquets (bukiety kwiatów), rings (pierścionki), perfumes (perfumy), chocolate candies (czekoladowe słodkości) and gift baskets (kosze upominkowe) to their sweethearts while women give electronic gadgets (elektroniczne gadżety), perfumes, clothes (ubrania) as their valentine gifts. Couples take small trips to country side because Poland is known for its pictorial and charming landscape. Visit in sea or mountain resorts for celebrating the romantic spirit of the Valentine’s Day is also common .The Valentine fever is intense in polish that one can find boys and girls taking vows of love and exchanging gifts on polish restaurants and resorts, on this day. And, like in any other country, marriage proposals (oświadczyny) are popular on that night as well!
Many Poles make a romantic pilgrimage of sorts to Chełmno, a small town about 30 miles northwest of Lódź along the Ner River, a tributary of the Warta River in today’s west-central Poland. It is here that the relics of Saint Valentine, the patron saint of lovers, have been preserved for several hundred years in the local parish church. Dubbed “the lover’s city” or miasto zakochanych , couples visit Chełmno to pray to the saint for a happy marriage. The main square becomes a virtual fairyland when a huge electronic heart is lit to glow in the night. The festivities end with a glorious fireworks display.
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