Cultural: St. Andrew's Day - or Andrzejki
This a repost of a previous post - as the traditions don’t really change.
Beginning the evening of the 29th and going until the evening of November 30, they celebrate a holiday they call Andrzejki. The party consists of dancing and lots of eating and drinking.
On December 1 the Roman Catholic church calls for fasting until December 24, which involves no parties with alcoholic beverages, dancing, etc.
Note: One’s definition of a a party might be different. They do have what we Americans would have called a Christmas party for the kids at school on the last day of classes before the break, but they don’t call it a Christmas party – they call it their Christmas Eve dinner – or “wigilia”. But to my eyes, it appeared pretty much like a class Christmas party – lots of food and fun things to drink - Coca Cola, juice, time off for the kids, and sometimes a program --it is true there was no disco or dancing.
This holiday focuses on girls predicting the name of their future husband. These days it seems to be done in jest, whereas in days gone by, possibly people actually believed that the fortunetellers were for real.
In the middle of the night on November 29, it was Saint Andrew's job to help young people figure out who their future mate would be.
This is how it is celebrated now. They have parties - either at a home or in a club and play these types of games.
Another website gives these tidbits: These are some of the things they would do to help predict the details of their future mate.
I did know of a group of teen girls who held this party and have seen billboards advertising these parties - but for the most part, I haven't known it to be commonly celebrated. We had lived here several years before I even heard of this holiday! :)
Possibly I just don't know the right crowd! (I suspect this is the case!)
Here's another website with some information about this holiday if you care to read it (in English, of course!).
And now you know about one more holiday that they have in Poland!
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