In Poland
On Christmas Eve, the whole
family gathers and waits
impatiently for the appearance
of the first star. With its first
...
Polish customs, especially at Christmas time, are both beautiful and meaningful.
Poles are famous for their hospitality, ...
One of the most beautiful and
most revered Polish customs is
the breaking of the oplatek. The
use of the Christmas wafe...
Christmas carols, as each element in the
traditions associated with Christmas have
their symbolism. These songs are mean...
Pasterka is the first Mass of Christmas.
It commemorates the vigil praying in
Bethlehem shepherds who looked
forward to...
The first crib of Bethlehem
arranged St. Francis. Bethlehem
models each year attract
thousands of visitors. Watching
t...
On the Christmas table
should be 12 meatless
dishes. They symbolize the
12 apostles and 12 months in
the year, and the...
Today, the most awaited moment of
Christmas Eve is a time of giving
Christmas gifts. This is one of the
youngest in the...
Nobody imagines
Christmas without a
Christmas tree. This
coniferous tree is the most
prominent and ever-present
symbo...
The father or oldest member of the family
reads part of the gospel St. Luke about the
birth of Jesus.
"... Joseph also ...
NATALIA GUCWA
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Natalia Gucwa

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  • 1. In Poland
  • 2. On Christmas Eve, the whole family gathers and waits impatiently for the appearance of the first star. With its first gleam, they all approach a table covered with hay and a snow-white tablecloth. A vacant chair and a place setting are reserved for an unexpected guest, always provided for in hospitable Polish homes. The first star
  • 3. Polish customs, especially at Christmas time, are both beautiful and meaningful. Poles are famous for their hospitality, especially during Christmas. In Poland, an additional seat is kept for somebody unknown at the supper table. No one should be left alone at Christmas, so strangers are welcomed to the Christmas supper. This is to remind us that Mary and Joseph were also looking for shelter. In Poland, several homeless people were interviewed after Christmas. Some of them were invited to strangers' houses for Christmas; others that were not asked inside the homes but were given lots of food.
  • 4. One of the most beautiful and most revered Polish customs is the breaking of the oplatek. The use of the Christmas wafer (oplatek) is not only by native Poles in Poland but also by people of Polish ancestry all over the world. The oplatek is a thin wafer made of flour and water. For table use, it is white. In Poland, colored wafers are used to make Christmas tree decorations. Sometimes an oplatek is sent in a greeting card to loved ones away from home.
  • 5. Christmas carols, as each element in the traditions associated with Christmas have their symbolism. These songs are meant to symbolize and emphasize the joyful character of this feast. There is no sad Christmas songs, they are all happy and thanks to emphasize the happiness of all the Christians of the birth of the Saviour. In contrast to other elements of the Christmas traditions, carols are popular not only in Poland. Very many countries have their own songs. There is also a universal Christmas carol "Silent Night," which has been translated into nearly 300 languages. Christmas carols
  • 6. Pasterka is the first Mass of Christmas. It commemorates the vigil praying in Bethlehem shepherds who looked forward to the birth of Jesus. In Poland, is one of the most important Christmas tradition. Often, after supper, the whole family are going to a nearby church for midnight mass, in order to welcome Christmas Day. After the first mention of a shepherdess appeared in the fifth century, the Roman documents of ecclesiastical law.
  • 7. The first crib of Bethlehem arranged St. Francis. Bethlehem models each year attract thousands of visitors. Watching them makes for a number of great joy, family arrival of the stable at Christmas, for many it has become a tradition. The most beautiful cribs is famous Krakow. Bethlehem models
  • 8. On the Christmas table should be 12 meatless dishes. They symbolize the 12 apostles and 12 months in the year, and the consumption of each of them bring a good fortune and prosperity for the coming year. twelve dishes
  • 9. Today, the most awaited moment of Christmas Eve is a time of giving Christmas gifts. This is one of the youngest in the tradition of Christmas Eve in Poland, widespread only in the nineteenth century., Initially among the gentry and wealthy middle-class families, mostly of German origin. In the country the custom of giving gifts even in the first half of the twentieth century. Was rare, and only children from wealthy families received gifts in the form of gingerbread, apples and nuts. Depending on the tradition of Santa Claus brings gifts (central Poland), Star (West), white horse szemel (Warmia and Masuria), an angel (Greater), the Infant Jesus (Upper Silesia).
  • 10. Nobody imagines Christmas without a Christmas tree. This coniferous tree is the most prominent and ever-present symbol of Christmas. Coniferous tree has long been a symbol of life and rebirth. In the Christian tradition the living tree is a symbol of Christ as the source of life. Christ died on the cross - the tree of life. Christmas tree refers to his saving passion, because its green and freshness means everlasting life.
  • 11. The father or oldest member of the family reads part of the gospel St. Luke about the birth of Jesus. "... Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judeato the city of of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. When they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds in the field, keeping watch over their flock. Suddenly, an angel stood before them, the Lord and glory of the Lord shone around them ... " Reading of the gospel
  • 12. NATALIA GUCWA

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