Polish Traditions: The Name Day and Grilled Sausages

I am combining these two topics because last night I experienced them both together!  Where we Americans take pride in roasting marshmallows, Poles take pride in roasting sausage over a fire.  They eat more grilled sausage than hamburgers, hotdogs, steaks, or especially marshmallows (since those are pretty hard to find here) combined.  Playing in an…

Polish Traditions: Goodbye Winter, Goodbye Marzanna

On the first day of spring, all the school children of Krakow take dolls they have made from hay or corn-stalks, and throw them down the river, sometimes even lighting them on fire.  These Marzanna dolls, were born from a Pagan tradition, and its quite suprising that they live on in such a Catholic nation….

Polish Traditions: Easter Basket and Eggs

If you’re lucky enough to be in Poland for Easter, we suggest joining in some of the traditions, whether you are Catholic or not.  Two very unique traditions are the dying of Easter eggs and the blessing of Easter baskets. Go to a local farmer’s market to find all the supplies you will need to put…