Polish culture has its roots in history, but it continues to develop, incorporating old tradition with modern sensibilities. If you’re interested in the culture of Poland, whether because you’re traveling to Poland, getting in touch with your Polish roots, or simply satisfying your curiosity, what you discover will surprise and delight you.
photo on the left: Mariusz Cieszewski / Polish Foreign Ministry
Polish traditions through the year include holidays, customs, superstitions, rituals, and celebrations. Some are firmly rooted in the the national religion, Catholicism; others stem from pagan rites of seasons. In many cases, visitors to Poland can participate or learn more about these traditions.
photo below: Kolędnicy by Monica Blatton, flickr.com
Poland has had a long and rich history. Over the past thousand years the country has defended its freedom and sovereignty. Poland’s history dates back to prehistory times when Slavic tribes arrived on this territory and settled down. The first documented ruler was Mieszko I. In 966 duke Mieszko I converted to Christianity and by baptism brought Poland to the community of Western nations.
The Christian rituals of feasting and fasting, introduced to Poland in 10th Century, have had a strong influence on Polish food traditions. During the fasts no meat is eaten, so many meatless and fish dishes have become a part of Polish cookery. Located between powerful neighbours, Poland formed many alliances throughout its history. These influenced its food customs. However, all these foreign dishes have become part of a unique Polish cooking style.