Winter celebrations and festivals in Poland

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  • 1. Winter activities or festivals organized in partner countries- PolandA DIGITAL BROCHUREProdukt zosta zrealizowany przy wsparciu finansowym Komisji Europejskiej. Projekt lub publikacja odzwierciedlaj jedynie stanowisko ich autora i Komisja Europejska nie ponosi odpowiedzialnoci za umieszczon w nich zawarto merytoryczn.

2. Christmas Eve(24.12) Christmas in Poland is a major annual celebration, as in mostcountries of the Christian world. The observance ofChristmas developed gradually over the centuries, beginning in ancient times; combining old pagan customs with the religious ones introduced after the Christianization of Poland by the Catholic Church. 3. New Years Eve(31.12)New Years Eve is a festive occasion that is celebrated in Poland on December 31. It is the day before New Years Day, which is the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 4. Grandmothers/fathers Day (21/22.01)In Poland, grandparents' day is celebrated separately as grandmothers' day and grandfathers' day. Grandmothers' day is celebrated on January 21, while grandfathers' day is celebrated one day later on January 22. On that day grandchildren come round to grandparent's house and bring handmade cards or other small treats . This is to show the seniors that they remember, cherish and love their grandmothers and grandfathers. The celebration was first introduced in the year 1964 by a popular magazine and gained its importance in 1965. 5. Valentines Day(14.02)Valentines Day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship. Chocolates, candies shaped in red hearts, and other gifts are given to loved ones on Valentines Day. 6. Santa Claus Day InPoland(06.12)In Poland, St. Nicholas is a saintly, dignified figure. He comes as a bishop in bright vestments, carrying a golden crozier that resembles a shepherd's crook, symbolizing, like shepherds with sheep, that the religious tend their flock of people. 7. Fat Thursday(27.02) = Shrove TuesdayIn the old days, meat and meat byproducts, like butter and eggs, couldn't be eaten during Lent. So ingenious cooks used up all their dairy and eggs during Fat Week, from Shrove Thursday to Shrove Tuesday, by making crepe-like pancakes.Authors: Jakub Klimek and Fabian Skupieo