Today's blog is all about Poland! My grandma Lou is polish and I always enjoyed her delicious polish cookies and kielbasa during the holidays! I love sharing these recipes with my kids now and feel a special connection to her every time I make her recipes! But I wanted to learn more, and I sure found it! Hope you enjoy learning more about Polands Easter festivities!
Can you believe these gorgeous eggs?! This art is called Pisanki, and is an ancient polish tradition. This elaborate coloring of Easter eggs is a celebration of life, as the egg is a symbol of life in Poland. I'm in awe of these, simply beautiful. We used to sell polish ceramics in our shop and these are very reminiscent of those! You can read more about this custom here http://onecellonelight.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/4612-desk-of-dr-hildy-celebrate-polish-pisanki-easter-eggs/
To this day in Poland, on Saturday people bring a basket of traditional foods to church for the priest to bless them. This food will be eaten Sunday morning after mass. This tradition is called Swieconka! It is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions. Inside you'll find ,hard-boiled shelled eggs, ham, sausage, salt, horseradish, fruits, bread and cake. Prominently displayed among these is the Easter lamb, usually molded from butter and colorful pisanki. Common foods brought for blessing include: eggs, bread, butter lamb, salt, horseradish, ham, and sausage. The food blessed in the church remains untouched until Sunday morning.
And finally comes Easter Monday! While we are all back at work and school the polish are busy pouring water on each other! (My kids dream!) Pouring water on one another is a Polish Easter tradition called Smingus-Dyngus. On Easter Monday, boys try to drench other people with buckets of water, squirt guns or anything they can get their hands on. Legend says girls who get soaked will marry within the year. The refreshing tradition has its origins in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966 AD. Photo by Associated Press.
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