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Public holidays in Poland Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

I usually write about different holidays in my posts, but today I wanted to just put a list together, so everything is in one spot!

During these public holidays (święta państwowe) the banks and other institutions are predominantly closed, as well as some smaller shops:

January 1: New Year’s Day

Easter Sunday and Monday (first Sunday after the first spring full moon)

May 1: Labour Day

May 3: Constitution Day (on the anniversary of May 3, 1791 Constitution proclamation)

Corpus Christi: On Thursday of the ninth week after Easter there are processions with white-dressed children, attended by hundreds of people.

All Saints' Day in Poland

August 15: Assumption of Virgin Mary, Polish Army Day (on the anniversary of the victorious battle of 1920 against Russian army fought on the outskirts of Warsaw)

November 1: All Saints’ Day

November 11: National Independence Day (Poland regained independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions)

December 25, 26: Christmas

There are also less official feasts that are usual working days:

Fat Thursday: The day of eating doughnuts (the last Thursday of the Carnival)

International Women’s Day: a popular communist feast when men should show their appreciation of women with a flower or a gift. Originally the day was established in USA to commemorate 129 women who died during a fire in a New York factory in 1908 (March 8th)

The First Day of Spring: An unofficial occasion popular among children, who traditionally play truant on that day. (March 21st)

April Fool’s Day: A world-known tradition of making fools of everyone, in Poland called with latin name “Prima Aprilis”. (April 1st)

Child’s Day: Children are given the sweets, taken to zoo garden or something similar. (June 1st)

St John’s Night: The shortest night of the year is the only time when fern blooms. The one who find it, would be happy and well-off, but be careful: it is forbidden to share hapiness and money with anyone else. (June 24th)

Eve of St Andrew’s Day: People read the future from the shapes of wax that was earlier melted and poured into cold water. (November 29th)

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.