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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.

Is Holy Saturday a Public Holiday?

Holy Saturday is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, April 20, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours 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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatApr 4Holy SaturdayObservance
2016SatMar 26Holy SaturdayObservance
2017SatApr 15Holy SaturdayObservance
2018SatMar 31Holy SaturdayObservance
2019SatApr 20Holy SaturdayObservance
2020SatApr 11Holy SaturdayObservance
2021SatApr 3Holy SaturdayObservance
2022SatApr 16Holy SaturdayObservance
2023SatApr 8Holy SaturdayObservance
2024SatMar 30Holy SaturdayObservance
2025SatApr 19Holy SaturdayObservance

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