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When is Polish Independence Day?
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|Narodowe Święto Niepodległości|
|Commemorates the anniversary of Poland's assumption of independent statehood in 1918.|
This holiday is always celebrated annually on 11 November.
In Polish, it is known as 'Narodowe Święto Niepodległości'.
History of Polish Independence Day
Polish Independence Day commemorates the re-establishment of the state of Poland at the end of World War I in 1918.
For 123 years prior to 1918, Poland had been partitioned under the rule of Prussia, Austria, and Russia.
On 11 November 1918, the day that World War I ended, this partition was removed and Poland was granted its independence.
In 1945, when Poland became a communist regime as a result of the Yalta conference, at the request of Stalin following the end of World War II, the holiday was abolished.
In 1989, following the collapse of the Communist government fell, Independence Day was reinstated as a national holiday.
How is Polish Independence Day Celebrated?
Celebrations across the country will include firework displays, concerts and parades. It is also a time for family reunions.
As a national holiday, supermarkets are closed, but restuarants and bars will stay open. Museums are usually closed.
Did you know?
Reputedly the oldest restaurant in Europe, Piwnica Swidnicka, opened its doors in Wroclaw in 1275.
Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was the first person to propose that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe.
Polish is the second most widely spoken Slavic language, after Russian.
From 1795 Poland did not exist as a country for 123 years.
The name 'Poland' derives from the name of a tribe called Polanie. This tribe used to live in the western part of modern-day Poland, and meant 'people from the open fields'.