Polish Easter has a very rich cultural tradition where religious observances intermingle with colourful various old-Polish customs.
Easter is the most important celebration for all Christians as it commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believers prepare for the time by the period of Lent, which lasts forty days. A week before Easter is called Holy Week and it starts with Palm Sunday and includes the Easter Triduum – from Thursday evening to Easter Sunday. The following Monday is called Wet Monday ("śmigus-dyngus"), which is associated with a joyful custom of pouring water at each other as a sign of purification of body and soul.
In Poland on Saturday morning we prepare and bless święconka – a small decorated basket containing primarily foods presenting symbolic meaning. The next day, during solemn Sunday breakfast we share and consume "święconka" with the whole family. The most recognizable symbol of Easter is an egg, which is a must-have in a basket and also reigns on the Easter table. Eggs can be served with a delicious filling or as an additive to traditional, aromatic sour-rye soup. Among typical dishes there are also various sausages and many kinds of roast meat with beetroot-horseradish salad. "Mazurek" is a short bread with a filling, most often made of jam or chocolate, which occurs on Polish tables only once in a year – at Easter. Other popular desserts are all types of "babka" and cheesecakes.
Spring atmosphere of Easter festival encourages to walks with members of family. While strolling along charming streets of Gdansk Old Town, do not forget to visit Verres en Vers to spend unforgettable moments tasting exquisite dishes composed especially for this occasion. We recommend to start the meal with Kashubian style herring served with garlic shoots salad. Then it is worth to order excellent eel soup with egg noodles and chervil and roast sea bass with green stuffing. For a dessert we propose paskha cake with delicacies.
WE WISH YOU HAPPY EASTER!
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