OrangeSmile Tours Best destinations around the world - Travel Guide
Poland

Fun and festivities in Poland - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Krakow in June Poland is a deeply religious country, and therefore, its residents have a special attitude towards such holidays as Christmas and Easter. The whole family gathers at the festive table on the Christmas Eve. There is always a white tablecloth and a small piece of hay. The table is served to have a place for guests who can unexpectedly enter the house to celebrate. The feast begins when the first star appears in the sky. Then, a candle lights up in the house. People sitting at the table say a prayer and start eating a meal consisting of 12 lean dishes. On Christmas Eve, it is common to exchange thin plates of dough, which you need to buy in the church. It is believed that they are the wishes of happiness and good. The next day, December 25, the Poles go to visit each other and exchange gifts.
The transportation infrastructure in Poland has been developed to a fairly high level. It is intriguing to know that both the state and residents …
Read further
Another important holiday for the Polish culture is Easter. On the eve of Easter, the whole family goes to the church to consecrate 7 products intended for a celebration. These are lamb, horseradish, meat smoked products, Easter cakes, eggs, bread, cheese, and salt. These products are placed in a special basket, which is called swieconka. On the day of Easter, you must definitely attend a church service before you start a festive breakfast with a consecrated egg and Easter paska. After this, the holiday starts. The Poles compete with eggs. The owner of the toughest will be lucky throughout the year. The second day of Easter is called Smigus-dyngus, or wet Monday. Children collect a sweet tribute from neighbors. The main feature of wet Monday is pouring each other with water. It’s impossible to stay dry on this day. Besides that, being dry is a bad omen.
Another important theme in the culture of Poland is the memory of the struggle for independence. May 3, is the day of the Constitution of Poland. It was the first in Europe, adopted in the 18th century. November 11, is the day of Independence of Poland. This date was not chosen by chance. On November 11, 1918, Poland appeared on the map of Europe as an independent state. On May 8, people celebrate liberation from fascism. That’s a business day, but thousands of people rush to the grave of an unknown soldier in Warsaw to lay flowers at the memorial. January 27, is another date related to the Second World War. This day is the Holocaust Memorial Day. One of the most terrible concentration camps of Nazi Germany, Auschwitz, was in Poland. More than a million people died there. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The Government of Poland has a republican system with the power in the country belonging to the people. Poland has a democratic two-chamber …
Read further
There are quite a lot of cheerful folk festivals in Poland. On January 21 and 22, Grandmother's Day and Grandfather's Day are celebrated. On this day, it is customary to bring presents and pay a maximum attention to relatives. The whole family necessarily gathers at a large table, even if they don’t do that on other days. May 26, is the Mother's Day. Children visit their mothers with traditional bunches of flowers. November 30, is the Day of Andrzejki. This national holiday is one of the most popular among young people. In the evening, they arrange parties, where it’s common to read the fortune. The melted wax is poured into the cold water, and the outlines of the resulting figure determine the future. The New Year's Eve in Poland is called Sylvester, in honor of St. Sylvester. He has captured the Leviathan, which has been supposed to break free on New Year's Eve. That didn't happen. Since then, local residents are celebrating this event. It’s common to wear masquerade costumes.
Gdansk One of the biggest festivals in Poland is the Jagiellonian Fair, which takes place in Lublin in August. It attracts thousands of tourists from all over Europe. It features festivities and theatrical historical performances. An amazing and incredibly colorful event, Wesele Kurpiowskie, is held in Kadzidlo in June. That’s a reconstruction of the old wedding ceremony, which takes place every year. Hundreds of fictitious couples take part in the wedding ceremony held in a historical manner. Another authentic holiday of Poland is the Folklore Festival of the Mountain Lands in Zakopane. A huge number of bands from all over the world come to the festival. The main condition is that they must represent the culture of the mountain people.
Poland guide chapters 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Poland

Uniques spots of Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine

From the series “The Scariest Mines in the World”
The Polish town of Velichek can boast one of the most mysterious and interesting mines in the world; local residents have managed to turn it into a work of art. This abandoned salt mine has been converted into a museum dedicated to history and culture of the town. The venue was opened in 1978. Currently, this unique cultural center is a landmark of world importance. The museum traces the history of Velichek and the history of mining.

Despite the fact that empty corridors of the mines have been arranged and became places of storage of priceless historical artifacts, a walk through the tunnels doesn’t cease to be a frightening and exciting event. Even silence seems frightening there; the atmosphere is complemented by dim lighting and an abundance of shadows casted by antique furniture, ... Read all
All unique sightseeing Poland
Country maps Maps of Poland
Car rental on OrangeSmile.com Car rental in Poland

Beauty of Polandin pictures

Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Poland

Krakow
Within last several years Krakow Aqua Park has become one of favorite places for family holidays. Huge pools, slides, play areas for children and a well-equipped garden – this is a paradise for fans of water sports and hot sun. Shoppers will enjoy visiting local shops, where they can buy designer clothes, perfumes … Read more
Warsaw
When night falls to Warsaw, guests are welcome to visit numerous night clubs and bars of the city. Tygmont jazz club is a popular venue among music lovers and fans of dancing. Several times a week here are held performances of popular jazz bands and interesting theme parties. Here guests can enjoy not only their … Read more
Zakopane
The most popular route for hiking is the climb to the mount Gubałówka. Its peak is the most accessible. There is no need to have some special skills for lifting there. Thrill-seekers will find a pleasant surprise here too. There is a great attraction, which is a bit like the classic "roller coaster". Those who … Read more
Poznan
Lovers of beer will appreciate the trip to Lech Brewery. This trip lasts about an hour, and after captivating story of history and activity of brewery visitors can get the jug of excellent beer. The picturesque park Cytadela can become the good place for calm resting and picnic. On its territory there is the Military … Read more
Wroclaw
Wroclaw is also home to a wonderful water park - Wroclaw Aquapark. You can easily spend the whole day here, having at exciting attractions or simply relaxing at the poolside. Visitors with children will be glad to attend a special rest area with small pools and playgrounds. Numerous local cafes are a great way to rest … Read more
Gdansk
If you want to visit disco clubs of the city, the most popular one is Gdansk Bacowka Na Janrarowej. In the daytime the disco is just a cozy cafe, in which guests are offered to try a wide selection of dishes of national cuisine. In the evening the café turns into an amazing disco, where guests are welcome to have fun … Read more

Map of fun in Poland

OrangeSmile.com - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
Secure Server
Head office
ESP 401, Eindhoven
5633 AJ, The Netherlands
+31 40 40 150 44


Copyright © 2002 - OrangeSmile Tours B.V. | OrangeSmile.com | Under the direction and management of IVRA Holding B.V. - Registered at Kamer van Koophandel (KvK), The Netherlands No. 17237018