Poland is a big country, one of the largest in the European Union. Usually, we have been crossing it as transit country, however there are many places in Poland worth visiting. One day, we decided to see how people celebrate Easter in Poland.
Here are notes of our trip made during Easter Holidays in 2010. This time for trip was chosen because majority of Polish people as very active Catholics and visit churches and celebrate Easter according to their traditions every year. Some sites we visited for that reason were of religious character. We went to Krakow what is one of the oldest cities in Poland and is located in Lesser Poland region and famous with its architecture, religious and cultural heritage. Since 1978, the old town of Krakow is on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. Also, Krakow is the second largest city in Poland with many beautiful sites for visitors. For example, Old Town (Stare Miasto), Wawel Castle, St. Andrew’s Church and district of Kazimierz. Kraków has also been the royal capital of Poland for many centuries.
City of Krakow
Although Easter is very busy time in Krakow, we managed to get an apartment for short-term rent in the heart of the old town, just two hundred metres from the Main Market Square. To book our apartment, we used services of booking.com as usual. I am mentioning this here because shortly before arrival, we found out that our booked apartment is already occupied. I immediately contacted customer services of booking.com and after a few hours this incident was solved – we got even better room and conditions than initially! This was the first incident of such kind with this company and I am really satisfied of how quickly it was handled.
As our main goal was to see how they celebrate Easter in Poland, Saturday afternoon we went to a church. There were lots of local people. It was interesting to see that, according to the local traditions, people were carrying to the church small baskets with eggs and other components of breakfast (they call it “blessing basket”). Basket was put down on the table in the church and consecrated by pastor.
After the service, people took their baskets and went home waiting for Easter morning to consume content of the “blessing basket”; the family breakfast is an important part of Easter celebration in Poland. To be honest, I never saw this kind of actions before and it was really amazing to experience. Just to add that the taste of our breakfast basket eggs was excellent.
During those two days in Krakow, we enjoyed festive atmosphere on the Main Market Square, booked horse cart for sightseeing, tasted many different sweets, local beer (for sure, it was better than wine offered in local pubs), visited Wawel Castle and other sites of historical centre of Krakow.