Polish Easter Traditions

 Happy Easter! Wesolych Swiat Wielkanocnych! We wanted to share with you some of Kamil’s Polish Easter traditions.
With a camera in our backpack, we went to Kamil’s parents’ house where, after mass, we enjoyed some delicious meals prepared by his family.

There are certain traditions regarding the food and games. For example, on a table, you will find bread, eggs, horseradish, sugar lamb, salt and sausage. You can see them in the picture below. They have all been blessed by the priest and each of them carries a symbolic meaning.

The bread symbolizes Christ. The egg represents the beginning and resurrection. Sweets are a reminder of the good things to come. The sausage symbolizes God’s generosity. “Horseradish represents the bitterness and harshness of the Passion of Jesus.” (Rolek) “Salt is symbolic of prosperity and justice and is supposed to remind us that people are the flavor of the earth.” (“A Traditional”)

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My deranged bunny!

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Kamil’s mom is an amazing cook and hostess.

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Preparing some more food for everyone.

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Jello desert!

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Traditional white barszcz.

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The breakfast starts by taking a piece of each blessed item.

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More delicious desserts! The adorable and delicious cupcakes were made by Martyna.

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Above is “sekacz” a traditional cake, popular in Kamil’s hometown. Traditionally made over an open fire by rotating a pole and slowly dripping cake batter onto it.

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Once you think the food is gone…there is MORE!

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Enjoying food with family and friends.

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The egg fight begins.

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The moment we have been waiting for. After dinner takes place a very popular Easter tradition in Poland — the egg fight. You take a hard-boiled egg and crash it against another.

The goal is to crash your opponent’s egg without destroying your own.

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Taz is the undefeated champion! Two years in a row.

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We had an amazing time this Easter. We loved all the deliciousness and the games, but the most important, of course, was being together with the family and friends.

* Rolek, Barbara. “Eastern European Tradition of Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets”. www.easteuropeanfood.about.com. n.d. web. April 21, 2014

* “A Traditional Polish Easter Basket”. www.polishamericancenter.org. Polish American Center. n.d. web. April 21, 2014