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Easter Day in Poland

Quick Facts

Easter Sunday is a public holiday in Poland to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Local names

NameLanguage
Niedziela WielkanocnaPolish
Easter DayEnglish
OstersonntagGerman

Easter Day 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Day 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015
List of dates for other years

Easter Sunday (Wielkanoc) is a festive Christian holiday in Poland that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a national public holiday.

A smorgasbord of Polish dishes, including sausages, boiled eggs and horseradish, that are served during Easter.

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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.

Public life

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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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 countries

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Easter Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunApr 151990Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 311991Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 191992Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 111993Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 31994Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 161995Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 71996Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 301997Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 121998Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 41999Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 232000Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 152001Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 312002Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 202003Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 112004Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 272005Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 162006Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 82007Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 232008Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 122009Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 42010Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 242011Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 82012Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 312013Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 202014Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 52015Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 272016Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 162017Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 12018Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 212019Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 122020Easter DayNational holiday

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