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Easter Monday in Poland

Easter Monday, which falls after Easter Day (Wielkanoc), is a national holiday in Poland. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Easter Monday follows from Easter Sunday, which celebrates the Christian belief of Jesus Christ's resurrection.
Easter Monday follows from Easter Sunday, which celebrates the Christian belief of Jesus Christ's resurrection.
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What do people do?

Smigus Dyngus is a tradition in which people use bucket pails or water guns to soak each other with water. Another event is the Emaus fair in Krakow, where people set up stalls of candy, toys and trinkets.

Public life

Easter Monday is an official public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


Easter Monday follows from Easter Sunday which commemorates when Jesus Christ was resurrected 2 days after his death. Many Easter activities can be traced back to Pagan traditions and celebrations. For example, the name Easter is believed to come from Eostara, the goddess of rebirth. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. In 325 CE the Council of Nicaea decided that the Easter date would be the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox. Easter Monday is observed in other places in the world.


Easter eggs symbolize rebirth and life’s victory over death, while bread symbolizes Jesus Christ’s body. Smoked meat is believed to give good health, wealth, and fertility, while salt wards off evil. Cheese represents friendship, and horseradish symbolizes strength and fitness.

About Easter Monday in other countries

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Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonApr 52010Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 252011Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 92012Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 12013Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 212014Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 62015Easter MondayNational holiday
MonMar 282016Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 172017Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 22018Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 222019Easter MondayNational holiday
MonApr 132020Easter MondayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Easter Monday, the day after Easter Sunday, is a public holiday in Poland. Both days celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Monday 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016


Name in other languages

Poniedziałek WielkanocnyPolish
Easter MondayEnglish

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