POLAND

by Rhiannyn Reynolds

Poland's Culture: Daily Life in Poland

HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS:

Poland has many holidays and celebrations the same as the U.S. Some of the holidays or celebrations they celebrate are different from others. Here are a few examples of those holidays.


  • Whit Monday (which is also called Pentecost, it is celebrated 50 days after Easter
  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary (15 August)
  • All Saints' Day (this is when people go to cemeteries and decorate the cemeteries with flowers and candles in memory of family, friends, and military members on November the 1)


TRADITIONAL FOOD:


Some of the traditional common dishes are pierogi(stuffed dumplings), uszka (a kind of ravioli), bigos (sausage, mushrooms, pickled cabbage), braised pork and cabbage, and schnitzel (breaded veal cutlets).

LANGUAGE AND RELIGON

Language~ Poland's official language is, as you would guess, Polish. Although there are still other languages spoken there. Some of the other languages spoken are Latin and English. But, these languages are rarely spoken there.

Religion~ Since the beginning of Poland it has substantially contributed to having a religiously free country. Many religions are practiced in Poland. Some of the religions practiced are Jewish, Christian Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic. These are some of the big religious groups. Some of the religious minorities are Polish Orthodox, various Protestants, Jehovah's witnesses, Eastern Catholics, Mariavites, Polish Catholics, Jewish, and Muslims.

GOVERNMENT

Poland's capital is Warsaw.

Poland is a republic. They have a prime minister and president.

The president is the head of state, and the prime minister is the head of government and is appointed by the president. Assembly consist of a 460-seat Sejm (lower house) and a 100-seat Senate (upper house). Members of both bodies are elected on a four year terms.Administratively, Poland is divided into 16 provinces.

POLAND LIFTS HUNTING BAN ON WILD BOAR

Having foraging boars in the suburbs of Poland's have become a familiar sight. They mainly target the peoples rubbish and trash, and experts have announced that this is a danger to the public.

The Polish Hunting Association estimates there to be at least 300,000 of these animals. To counteract the wild number of boars the government is preparing to relax a hunting ban in an attempt to take a chunk out of the boar population. Due to this act by the government the hunting season for the boar will be 7 months instead of the normal 3 months. Also the hunters will be allowed to shoot the younger animals, as part of the plan of Piotr Otawski, he says this will ," Radically reduce numbers but not destroy the numbers."

The boars have enjoyed a bonanza due to mild winters and increasing number of farmers growing corn, a favorite boar snack, which has allowed them to fatten, breed and flourish.

POLAND'S LANDMARKS

WROCLAW (BRESLAU)

The capital of Lower Silesia (Dolny Slask) has a huge Old Town built on several islands connected by over 100 bridges. Apart from its unique location, Wroclaw amazes with a plenitude of Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. An complicated history, combined cultural influences of Germany, Bohemia, Austria and Poland, left its mark on Wroclaw's atmosphere.

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POLAND'S LANDMARKS

MASURIAN LAKES

Beautiful land of what people say to be 3,000 lakes. For sailing fans, fishermen, hikers, cyclists and those who seek tranquillity, the Masuria is the number one holiday destination. Apart from the water sports and wandering around, you may explore a multitude of historical places. There are castles in Reszel, Nidzica and Gizycko, the amazing Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and the Hitler's wartime headquarters in the forests near Ketrzyn.
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FUN FACTS ABOUT POLAND

  • Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe in land area
  • Poland is home to over 38 million people
  • Most important breeding ground to birds
  • Home to 800 European bison
  • Pizza in Poland does not contain sauce
  • Polish toilet paper is made of crepe