Independence Day in Poland in 2020

  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 364 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Poland
2021 Poland Thu, Nov 11 Bank Holiday
2020 Poland Wed, Nov 11 Bank Holiday
2019 Poland Mon, Nov 11 Bank Holiday
2018 Nov 11, Nov 12
PolandMon, Nov 12Bank Holiday
PolandSun, Nov 11Bank Holiday
2017 Poland Sat, Nov 11 Bank Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the anniversary of Poland's assumption of independent statehood in 1918.
  Local name
Narodowe Święto Niepodległości

When is Polish Independence Day?

This holiday is always celebrated annually on 11th 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 the first world war in 1918.

For 123 years prior to 1918, Poland had been partitioned under the rule of Prussia, Austria, and Russia.

On November 11th 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 the second world war, 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.

Independence Day is an official public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices, and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland, so most shops are closed. If you are intending to travel via public transport during a public holiday, check with the public transit authorities for any changes to time schedules.

Did you know?

Three facts about Independence Day

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'.

A 2006 study confirmed that the Polish have the worst dental hygiene in the world.

Boomerangs were invented by the Polish 18,000 years ago. When they were discovered, archaeologists were astounded to learn that they still worked.

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