Easter in Poland in 2025


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  Dates of Easter in Poland
2025 Poland Sun, Apr 20 Bank Holiday
2024 Poland Sun, Mar 31 Bank Holiday
2023 Poland Sun, Apr 9 Bank Holiday
2022 Poland Sun, Apr 17 Bank Holiday
2021 Poland Sun, Apr 4 Bank Holiday
  Summary

Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian church. In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed.

  Local name
Pierwszy dzien Wielkiej Nocy
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Easter internationally
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When is Easter Sunday?

Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian church.

In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed following his death by crucifixion on the previous Friday.

It signifies the end of the 40 days of Lent, meaning Christians who gave up something during lent to signify Jesus' time in the wilderness, can indulge themselves again.

Easter Sunday is also when church bells will be rung again, having been silent during Lent.

Why is it called Easter?

The name Easter is derived from 'Ostara' or 'Eostre', a pagan goddess of fertility, whose feast was celebrated on the Vernal Equinox. The word East is also derived from her names, as is Oestrogen, the female hormone. In Saxon culture, the Hare was sacred to Ostara and the modern tradition of the Easter Bunny is a distant echo of that.

However, In most languages other than English and German, the holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked.

Easter depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar. Read more about the date of Easter.

Easter traditions

Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is now an established part of the Easter traditions. In Europe and America, the Easter Bunny visits the garden of children leaving chocolate eggs and treats for the children to find on Easter Egg hunts.

Rabbits and hares don't have any direct connection to any Christian tradition and it is interesting to note that the pagan goddess, Ostara was always traditionally accompanied by a hare. The modern tradition derives from a German custom that was first recorded in the 16th century. It may seem strange for a rabbit to be laying eggs, but as eggs were part of the foods banned during Lent, then the reintroduction of eggs would have been a welcome treat, no matter how they arrived in the garden.

It was once thought that hares could give birth without conceiving, which may have made them a way of explaining the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary. It is also said that the sight of Rabbits appearing from their underground burrows is a reminder of Jesus appearing from the tomb after his resurrection on Easter morning.

Lamb

On Easter Sunday, the traditional meat for dinner is lamb. The lamb was a sacrifice during the Jewish Passover, and it became a symbol for Jesus. It is also seasonal as Spring lamb is particularly tender and noted for its subtle flavour.

Easter Quiz

Put your Easter knowledge to the test with our fun and challenging multiple-choice quiz! From the history of Easter to the traditions and symbols associated with the holiday, this quiz covers it all. With nine questions ranging from easy to hard, you’re sure to learn something new and have a hoppy time along the way! So, grab some chocolate eggs, gather your family and friends, and see who comes out on top as the ultimate Easter ‘eggs’pert!

Easter Traditions in Poland

Easter is undoubtedly one of the most significant holidays in Poland, celebrated with deep religious devotion and joyous festivities. Poles attend special church services and partake in Easter Sunday feasts featuring traditional dishes like ham, kielbasa (sausage), and pierogi (dumplings).

The holiday is also marked by the exchange of beautifully decorated eggs and friendly egg-rolling competitions. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday together provide a two-day break for Poles to celebrate and spend time with loved ones.


Did you know?

Three facts about Easter

The art of painting eggs is called Pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to colour the egg.

The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs is said to have originated in Germany during the middle ages.

In some parts of Europe, it was once believed that if you were born on Easter Sunday, you would be able to see the Easter Bunny.

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