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Colors of Lodz - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Lodz is known as a major textile industry center. Numerous factories that were opened here contributed to the formation of the city. Today, it is still famous for its high-quality textile produce, so visiting local shops becomes the favorite pastime for many tourists. The impressive industrial background of the city did not prevent its residents from preserving interesting traditions, as well as developing unique cultural trends.
Many shopping enthusiasts visit Lodz for the sole purpose of wandering around shopping pavilions of the legendary Ptak Outlet. It is the largest outlet in Poland that houses about 2,500 … Open
For many years, religious traditions have played an important role for the townspeople. Special attention is always paid to organizing religious holidays here. The most beautiful entertainments are arranged for Christmas and Easter. Magnificent celebrations on the occasion of Holy Week are held before Easter. If you visit the city at this time, you can witness beautiful theatrical performances, listen to musicians, and take part in colorful festivities. A few weeks prior to Easter, local residents observe a strict fast - a complete rejection of a number of common products. Nevertheless, on Holy Week, they necessarily organize interesting fairs and gastronomic programs, during which one can enjoy traditional fasting dishes of the region. Besides traditional treats, here they sell interesting handicrafts and children's toys. Such a colorful holiday is sure to cheer up all tourists.
At first glance, the Easter traditions of Lodz may seem mundane and boring, however, there are quite original ones, like Śmigus Dyngus. This tradition appeared many years ago and its history remains unknown to this day. On Easter, it is customary to arrange "water battles", during which they use all available means. Water pistols, plastic bottles and bags filled with water - any means at hand are used in the battle. Local residents simply take to the streets and spray each other with water, thus marking the end of a long fast and one of the main religious holidays. In a sense, this original entertainment symbolizes baptism and blessing. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Lodz is a famous city and one of the most important industrial centers of the central Poland. If we take a look at ancient documents, we will already see the mentioning of the old … Open
On Christmas, various festive programs are also organized on city streets and squares, and anyone can participate in most of them. Festive illumination gives a special charm to the city during this period. Among the Christmas traditions, there are quite unusual ones too. A mandatory attribute of the holiday is a family feast. A little straw is always put under the tablecloth. For baby Jesus, straw served as natural bedding in a manger. Though this ritual, local residents remind each other of genuine religious customs. It is also customary to put an additional plate on the Christmas table for an unexpected guest.
Most people Lodz profess Christianity but don't forget about their old Slavic traditions. One of the main symbols of pre-Christian culture for them is the image of the goddess Marzanna who is associated with winter and the underworld. On the first day of spring, they burn an effigy of the goddess to chase away the winter and celebrate the soon arrival of spring. The effigy for this symbolic holiday is usually made of straw and decorated with bright ribbons. On the first day of spring, a beautiful celebration is organized in the city, local residents visit their relatives, enjoy street entertainment and favorite treats. It is customary to burn Marzanna after sunset, which makes the ritual even more spectacular.
Lodz is a very beautiful ancient city with many unique sights and entertainment. It is often chosen for travelers with children. The city has a beautiful indoor water park – Aquapark Fala … Open
Lodz inhabitants are known for their love for nature in all its manifestations. It is no coincidence that family trips to the woods remain one of the favorite entertainments of the townspeople. In the vicinity of the city, there are many picturesque forests rich in mushrooms and berries. Even today, mushroom picking remains a good tradition for local people. Almost everyone preserves mushrooms and berries here, and local youth are also actively involved in traditional entertainment. Thematic tours of the local forests are carried out for tourists. It will be interesting to explore them for those who have long wanted to try picking.
Lodz, Poland At any time of the year, you can visit local gastronomic shops, among which there are a lot of special family ones. They sell wonderful preserves from wild mushrooms and berries, which are very popular souvenirs among travelers. Lodz is a very quiet city with a peaceful atmosphere and no tourist crowds. On ordinary days, nothing violates the measured rhythm of life, however with the onset of the nearest symbolic holiday, the small town changes beyond recognition.
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♥   Bazylika Wniebowzięcia NMP, Zduńska Wola, 40.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Survived castles around Lodz
♥   Castle 'Besiekiery Castle' , 56.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Lodz

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