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Here are the top ten articles for the Polish Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. 12 Christmas Eve dishes
It is Polish tradition that during Wigilia (Christmas Eve dinner) 12 dishes must be served. Among them many contain cabbage, mushrooms or poppy. The article will give you some ideas which dishes one can choose for this special evening.
2. Chrust (Faworki) Recipe
Recipe for traditional Polish pastry straws called Chrust (or Faworki) that are especially popular during time of carnival and on Fat Thursday celebrations. Easy to make, Faworki will provide a lot of joy to Polish cuisine lovers.
3. Polish Culture Site Map
Navigate the Polish Culture site by using this easy to use site map.
4. Santa Claus versus Saint Nicholas in Poland
Santa Claus name translated into Polish is 'Swiety Mikolaj'. Few people reckon, however, that this Polish name is actually a name of a real saint who would give secret presents to people. Therefore Santa comes to Polish children twice.
5. The best Polish cartoons
Polish bed time stories for children would bring the audience into the world of imagination, animals or naughty children that always happily get out of troubles. The period of the best Polish animated series was between 1960 and 1980.
6. Slavic goddess and Spring
Marzanna is a Slavic goddess that would be indentified with death and Winter. Slavs, missing Spring sun and being desperate for good harvest season, would drown the effigy of the goddess to arrange proper welcome for Spring. This custom is still celebrated in schools and kindergartens in Poland.
7. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary
The sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska dates back to the beginning of 17th century. The calvaries as such started, however, in 15th century in Spain. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska can boast also of 16th century monastery and painting of Holy Mary.
8. Barborka, the nameday of Barbara
Nameday is a traditional celebration, similar to birthday, that is spent among relations and friends. St Barbara's nameday offers, however, balls, feasts and orchestra marches that take place on that day, especially in Silesia region where there are many mines.
9. Polish female Medieval Saints
Polish saints described in this article were not always of Polish origin but they lived in Poland and were respected here thanks to their modest life and deeds. They came from prominent families but left the wealth behind and gave their life to God.
10. Kutia , Christmas dessert recipe
Among all the Christmas recipes, we very often forgot about sweets that should also be served on Polish tables. Of course there is a variety of sweets to prepare, however, only few of them or typical for Christmas period. One of them is Kutia.
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