Easter Day in Poland
Easter Sunday (Wielkanoc) is a festive Christian holiday in Poland that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a national public holiday.
What Do People Do?
Many people paint Easter eggs (pisanki), which are then taken to be blessed at churches that hold special services on Easter Day. Homes come alive with family breakfasts to celebrate Easter Sunday in Poland. The table is usually laid out with Easter eggs, spring flowers, an “Easter lamb” made of cake or sugar, and meals such as sausages, boiled eggs, horseradish soup, and bacon. Emaus is a local tradition in Krakow, where people set up stalls with trinkets, toys and sweets. The following day, Easter Monday, is also a public holiday in Poland.
Easter Sunday 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.
Many Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. However, a number of 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. It is celebrated in many other countries worldwide.
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 Day in other countriesRead more about Easter Day.
Easter Day Observances
|Sun||Apr 4||2010||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 24||2011||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 8||2012||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Mar 31||2013||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 20||2014||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 5||2015||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Mar 27||2016||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 16||2017||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 1||2018||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 21||2019||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Apr 12||2020||Easter Day||National holiday|
Quick FactsEaster Sunday is a public holiday in Poland to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
Easter Day 2016Sunday, March 27, 2016
Easter Day 2017Sunday, April 16, 2017
Name in other languages
- Easter Monday – Monday, March 28, 2016
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 26, 2016
- Good Friday – Friday, March 25, 2016