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.
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.
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 countriesRead more about Easter Monday.
Easter Monday Observances
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|Mon||Apr 21||2014||Easter Monday||National holiday|
|Mon||Apr 6||2015||Easter Monday||National holiday|
|Mon||Mar 28||2016||Easter Monday||National holiday|
|Mon||Apr 17||2017||Easter Monday||National holiday|
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|Mon||Apr 22||2019||Easter Monday||National holiday|
|Mon||Apr 13||2020||Easter Monday||National holiday|
Quick FactsEaster Monday, the day after Easter Sunday, is a public holiday in Poland. Both days celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
Easter Monday 2015Monday, April 6, 2015
Easter Monday 2016Monday, March 28, 2016
Name in other languages
- Easter Day – Sunday, April 5, 2015
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 4, 2015
- Good Friday – Friday, April 3, 2015