In Poland many people prepare a traditional basket with samples of food eaten at Easter, such as sausage, white cheese, horseradish, various herbs, salt, oil, yeast cake, as well a small lamb – representing the Paschal Lamb – made of sugar, chocolate or butter, and hard boiled eggs, symbol of rebirth, dyed in many bright colors and often decorated. On Holy Saturday they take this basket to their local church to be blessed by the priest. This custom is a very important part of the Holy Week.
As a citizen of Kazimierz /Kuzmir/ I know that the Jewish high holiday of Passover is also celebrated in the spring and sometimes coincides with the catholic Lent and Easter. Based on the Jewish calendar, the date of Passover changes from year to year.
March 30, 2013: Holy Saturday – Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter during which Christians commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ and prepare for His Resurrection
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Droga krzyżowa (Procesja na Kalwarię)
The Procession to Calvary, 1564
oil on canvas / olej na płótnie
124 × 170 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Ostatnia wieczerza / Last Supper, 1447
Fresk / Fresco, 453 x 975 cm,
Florencja / Florence
Klasztor / Cloister / Cenacolo di Sant’Apollonia
Juliusz Slowacki (left) and Adam Mickiewicz
21th March: Today is World Poetry Day!
On the occasion of this event I am honored, my international readers, to introduce to you the greatest Polish poets: Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855) and Juliusz Slowacki (1809-1849). Although a deep conflict about the nature of their poetic and patriotic missions existed between them, Slowacki has characterized them in Beniowski as „[…] two gods, each equal on his sun […]”
To jest Felusia.
Felusia nie lubi komputerów …
Idziemy na spacer!
Her name is Felusia.
Felusia doesn’t like computers …
We are going for a walk!
Na razie / so long / à bientôt!
…spotyka się na polskich drogach. Zobaczysz tu więcej budynków, przypominających świątynki, a także posągów i krzyży, niż się spodziewasz.
… are found along country roads in Poland. One can see more buildings resembling small chapels, statues of saints and crosses than one would expect.