Eyewitness: A Polish Easter

Despite big inroads from ‘Coca-Cola Christmas’, Easter remains the most important and most celebrated religious holiday in the still strongly Catholic Poland.


Wayside shrines of the Virgin Mary are common all around Poland. Before religious holidays such as Easter they are adorned with flowers by the local inhabitants.  © Mateusz Zatonski


The tradition of ‘Święconka’ brings Poles to their local churches on Holy Saturday to get baskets filled with a sampling of Easter foods blessed by their local parish priests.  © Mateusz Zatonski


Meat is a prominent feature of the Easter table, especially as the Easter Sunday meal comes after 6 weeks of Lent fasting.  © Mateusz Zatonski


This year’s Easter was marked by heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures – even for Poland this is a rarity in early spring.  © Mateusz Zatonski

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