Christmas in Poland Advent Christmas in Poland is preceded by Advent, the period of preparation for the celebration of Nativity of Jesus. It starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25.
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Christmas in Poland is preceded by Advent, the period of preparation for the celebration of Nativity of Jesus. It starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25.
During Advent people attend special church services called ‘Roraty’. They are held every morning at 6 a.m. Children have special lanterns for that occasion.
On this day families decorate Christmas tree with glass balls, paper stars, toys, nuts, apples and ornaments made from eggshells, coloured paper and straw and prepare dishes for the supper.
The breaking of the wafer, known as Oplatek, is a symbol of the unity with Christ.
Red borsch with small dumplings, sour cabbage with mushrooms, carp, herrings and poppy-seed cake are universal Polish Christmas foods. An interesting dish is kutia-nuts, honey, almonds and cooked wheat and dried fruits. Often there is compote of dry fruits.
Cabbage with mushrooms
On 25 and 26 December, people go to visit each other, always in family. And these two days generally pass at the table because all food so preciously prepared should be consumed.