Poland is a country full of unique traditions and customs, especially when it comes to religious holiday. Easter is the most important christian holiday, even more than Christmas. As you know Michal is Polish and I have been lucky enough to celebrate Easter in Poland already 3 times. I would like to write about my amazing experience, so you will know what to expect if you spend it in this country.
As you might know the entire week before Easter is called Holy Week. During that time there’s a lot of things happening.
Probably one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday is Painting/decorating Eggs. Is a beautiful tradition, where all family seats together and paint eggs. In our case there is always a contest which egg is the most beautiful/original. In a family of artists and designers I think my eggs weren’t too bad.
Blessing of the Easter Basket
Not only in Poland but also within Polish communities all around the world. The name of this custom might sounds mysterious but it’s nothing more than blessing the food that will be eaten during the Easter feast. People take a small amount of the most important food like eggs, bread, meat and put it inside the basket. It’s a very important tradition in Polish culture so you can often spot entire families participating in it.
During the Holy Sunday the celebrations starts in the morning with the family breakfast. First sharing of the blessed food between family members. It’s also a time of small talks and everyone wishes each other and themselves all the best. After that, the main activity takes place in the table – eating.
I love all the polish traditions but Easter is really my favorite one.
The Easter bunny is another new thing to me. It brings little presents mainly for younger family members.
Poland has always occupied a special place in Europe: centrally located with interesting history. There were many battles taking place in this country too what had an input on the culture. Architecture styles will range from Classical, to Baroque and even some Gothically-designed buildings. But all will be a delight to the eyes from morning until night. Our favorites cities in Poland are Kraków and Gdansk.
Gdansk is the European Solidarity Center, which tells the story of Lech Walesa and his fight to take on the oppressive communist government. It was here where the fire was lit and changed the course of history. Walking the cobblestone streets through the old town and then towards the shipyards, where Walesa began the Solidarity movement. It is impossible to visit Gdansk and not feel moved by its historical legacy.
There is loads of things to do in Gdansk but if you are there just for a day and you like to walk than go and explore old city with beautiful architecture. This port city is one of the most beautiful in Poland. In this post we won’t be writing more about it. It is a big place with loads of attractions, so we will dedicate separate page for it.
Restaurants in Poland are incredible, many of them are supper designish and they prepare very delicious food! Standard is very high but it is still affordable. Every place will surprise you with the decor, service and the food itself!
This time we went to Piwna47 restaurant. We had the best Rabbit&Gnocchi and rainbow Trout ever ! If you are in Gdansk we highly recommend you to go there Piwna47. The restaurant was just breathtaking located right in the center of old town and the food was prepared very well!
I am sure we will have more opportunities to experience Gdansk even more.