Easter is for many Poles the most important Christian festival and is celebrated across the country. Churches are at their busiest with the vast majority of Poles attending at least one service. Many also take part in street processions organised by their local church.
Important Polish Easter traditions include the preparation of a basket for blessing on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. This Easter basket is called a swieconka in Polish. The basket is decorated and filled with decorated hard-boiled eggs (pisanki), bread, cake, salt, pepper and some sausage. In recent years many people also add one or two small chocolate eggs to the basket. This is then taken to the church where it is blessed by the Priest sprinkling it with holy water after the special service.
Easter Sunday (Wielkanoc) morning breakfast is also an important part of any Polish Easter celebration. Dishes eaten will include some of the ingredients blessed the previous morning at church. While seated at the table, many families also play a sort of traditional game with the hard-boiled eggs, bashing the eggs together, to see which egg is the strongest. The winner is blessed with good luck.
Related Easter in Poland content on Polish Poland:
The Pisanki tradition of decorating Easter eggs.
Smingus Dyngus (water throwing!).
See also our webpage on Christmas in Poland.