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Krakow Cathedral Local people are very sensitive to the customs of their ancestors. It’s hard to find such a large number of interesting traditions and national holidays in any other city in Poland. Every year in June locals celebrate the holiday called "procession of Lajkonik". A rider wearing Tatar national costume makes a solemn procession on the streets of the city. Local residents greet him with enthusiastic cheers, and escort to the Market Square. This is the way the Poles celebrate their victory over the Tatar-Mongols, who were defeated in 1241.
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Puppet shows are very popular in the city. Not only children, but also adults come to see them. Often the presentations are devoted to religious themes. Puppet shows are usually organized in large urban areas. Most often such amusing performances can be seen on Christmas Eve, when all residents gather at Krakow’s Market Square. It should be noted that many fascinating stories are connected with this square. It is believed that a herald trumpet, who was on duty on the square, was the first person who warned the residents of the city of the approaching Tatar army.
During a year a huge number of festivals and important cultural events take place in Krakow. These events attract travelers from all over the world. So, on April is conducted the Festival of student songs - one of the most anticipated and funny events for youth. The festival entitled "Music in Old Krakow", which is usually held in late August, also attracts music lovers. Fans of dancing should not miss a popular festival named "Polonaise", which takes place in October. Also, local residents celebrate a huge number of religious holidays, each of which is related to numerous interesting customs. Thus, the feast of the Assumption is the time for interesting fairs and carnivals. Special culinary competitions have become one of the main attributes of holidays in this amazing city. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Krakow
♥   Bazylika Wniebowzięcia NMP (Mariacka) Kraków, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Nawiedzenia NMP Kraków, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika św. Franciszka z Asyżu Kraków, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Przenajświętszej Kraków, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika św. Floriana Kraków, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kościół św. Apostołów Piotra i Pawła Kraków, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Najświętszego Serca Pana Jezusa Kraków, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Krakow
♥   Castle 'Wawel Castle' , 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bobolice Castle' , 68.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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National traditions of Poland

Dances play an important role in Polish culture. The most famous is the mazurka. In the 19th century, it became one of the main ballroom dances in the whole of Europe. There are three varieties of this dance: mazur, oberek, and kujawiak. Mazur is a classic version and the most common. The famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin wrote more than 60 different melodies for this dance. Oberek has a more complex rhythm. Kujawiak, on the other hand, is more fluid and lyrical, reminiscent of a waltz. Polish folk dance appeared among the peasants. It personifies the national art of the country. With the help of the dance, the peasants celebrated the main events of their life, including weddings and harvesting. A huge number of people participate in it simultaneously. The dance is accompanied by complex poses, which give it the special spectacularity and temperament. … Open
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Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Krakow. Learn the best periods to visit Krakow to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Krakow.
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