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Holy Saturday in Poland

Quick Facts

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

Local names

NameLanguage
Wielka SobotaPolish
Holy SaturdayEnglish
KarsamstagGerman

Holy Saturday 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015
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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.

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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

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SatApr 141990Holy SaturdayObservance
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SatApr 42015Holy SaturdayObservance
SatMar 262016Holy SaturdayObservance
SatApr 152017Holy SaturdayObservance
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SatApr 202019Holy SaturdayObservance
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