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Holy Saturday in Poland

Many churches in Poland observe Holy Saturday. It is the day after Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus’ death, and the day before Easter Sunday (Wielkanoc), which remembers his resurrection.

People bringing in Easter baskets to be blessed in a church in Poland.
People bringing in Easter baskets to be blessed in a church in Poland.
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What Do People Do?

Many people in Poland bring baskets filled with Easter food to their churches for a special blessing on Holy Saturday. It is traditionally believed that baskets should at least include bread, eggs, salt, smoked meat, cheese, horseradish, and cake. Some people add chocolate and fruit to their Easter basket these days.

Public Life

Holy Saturday is not an official public holiday in Poland.

Background

Many Christians in Poland and in other countries worldwide observe Holy Saturday, which is the day before Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

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, horseradish symbolizes strength and fitness, and cake signifies skills.

About Holy Saturday in other countries

Read more about Holy Saturday.

Holy Saturday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatApr 32010Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 232011Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 72012Holy SaturdayObservance
SatMar 302013Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 192014Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 42015Holy SaturdayObservance
SatMar 262016Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 152017Holy SaturdayObservance
SatMar 312018Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 202019Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 112020Holy SaturdayObservance

Quick Facts

Holy Saturday, which is the day before Easter Sunday, is observed in many parts of Poland.

Holy Saturday 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Holy Saturday 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Wielka SobotaPolish
Holy SaturdayEnglish
KarsamstagGerman
PåskeaftenNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in March 2016 in Poland

Fun Holiday on March 26, 2016

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