New Year's Day in Poland
January 1 is New Year’s Day (Nowy Rok) and is a national public holiday in Poland every year.
What Do People Do?
New Year's Day and New Year’s Eve, known in Poland as Sylwester (St Silvester's Day), marks the start of the carnival period, which features celebratory events like balls and parties. A fun tradition that has been popular for centuries is the kulig (sleigh rides). Many people in Poland celebrate New Year’s Day with dances, concerts, and meals featuring traditional Polish dishes including bigos (hunter’s stew).
New Year’s Day is a national 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.
The end of the old year and the start of the New Year are symbolized by a celebration of fireworks in many cities in Poland at midnight between December 31 and January 1.
About New Year's Day in other countriesRead more about New Year's Day.
New Year's Day Observances
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Quick FactsNew Year’s Day, on January 1, is the first day of the year and a public holiday in Poland.
New Year's Day 2016Friday, January 1, 2016
New Year's Day 2017Sunday, January 1, 2017
Name in other languages
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- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016
Other holidays in January 2016 in Poland
- Epiphany – Wednesday, January 6, 2016