New Year and Christmas holidays
Have not decided yet where exactly you will meet the winter holidays this year? If you want to plunge into the unusual atmosphere of a winter fairy tale and touch the traditions, you can celebrate New Year and Christmas in one of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe – Poland.
If you go on a vacation this winter to Poland, you can be sure that this winter vacation will be unforgettable for you and your loved ones.
Poland is an amazing country with a long history shrouded in many secrets and legends.
The Poles reverently keep their traditions, so here you can still see a lot of amazing customs live, try traditional Polish dishes prepared according to old recipes and, of course, learn a lot of new and interesting information about this country, captivating with its indescribable flavor.
Saint Sylvester Day
Did you know that the New Year in Poland is also called St. Sylvester Day? It is believed that St. Pope Sylvester I died on December 31, so for Poles, as for Catholics, December 31 is more St. Sylvester Day than New Year’s. On this day in Poland they give prayers to the saint, put on festive carnival costumes and even use the expression Sylvester-Klaus (a variation from Santa Claus). If during your New Year’s holiday in Poland you hear the question: “Where do you plan to meet Sylvester?”, You should know that they are asking you about the New Year’s Eve.
The new year in Poland always surprises Ukrainian tourists with the absence of crowds and huge crowds of people on the streets of cities in the last days of December. Most Poles celebrate Christmas with their families, after which they leave to rest, returning directly to the New Year. That is why New Year’s days in Poland are so convenient for tourists – at this time you can safely walk around the city, visit local attractions and just enjoy the beauty of winter Polish architecture.
Winter holidays in Poland
The New Year in Poland is always noisy and very cheerful – by the evening of December 31, a lot of people appear on the streets of the cities, and a real winter holiday begins. Therefore, by 7-8 pm, be sure to go to the city center – there, in the squares and adjacent streets, dances will begin, street actors and musicians will perform, fireworks will ring out and a Ghanaian will flow. It is worth noting that every Polish city has its own program for New Year’s Eve, so every year you will definitely see something new.
New Year holidays in Poland last from December 25 to January 2 – this difference from the usual New Year holidays for Ukrainians is due to the fact that Catholics celebrate Christmas on December 25, and not on January 7, as in Orthodox countries. At the same time, Christmas in Poland is the most important holiday of winter.
Christmas in Poland
Since Christmas night in Poland is traditionally considered a family holiday, most Poles try to meet it at home, and in each family, mandatory preparations are made. Every Polish mistress in the morning starts a general cleaning of the house, prepares twelve dishes, decorates the rooms and decorates the Christmas tree. The festive table is prepared in strict accordance with church traditions, so all the dishes that are prepared for Christmas Eve are necessarily lean: fish, cereals, traditional red soup with ears, Christmas pastries. In addition, there is always a large plate with wafers on the Polish Christmas table, and some Polish families still put a little straw under the Christmas table – in memory of the Bethlehem Cave.
Celebrating Christmas in Poland, you will be surprised at the hospitality of the Poles – according to tradition, lonely people are always invited to join the celebration, because on this magical evening no one should be alone, and people are always ready to share with others a piece of their Christmas tale. And they always leave a free place at the Christmas table – what if some guest looks at the light? And on December 25 in Poland there is a tradition of visiting each other. The owners of the house are sure to bring treats and wine, congratulate them on Christmas and generously share their festive mood with others.
Warsaw during the winter holidays is a bewitching sight. On New Year’s Eve, on the streets of the city you will find many statues and figures of angels, pouring bells and burning festive lights garlands decorating houses and trees. And on each door there is always a small Christmas wreath of pine needles, decorated with ribbons, berries and small bells. The main Christmas tree of the country stands on the central square of Warsaw and fireworks take off, so uncontrollable fun reigns around it and the real holiday does not stop. If you decide to celebrate New Year 2014 with your family in Warsaw, you will give yourself and your loved ones an amazing winter tale that will never be forgotten.