Zofia Teliga-Mertens – Everyday Hero

Zofia Teliga-Mertens who is 89 now by herself brought to Poland over 200 Poles from Kazahstan and gave them shelter. Zofia herself lived in Kazahstan for many years. Her parents were dispossessed and brought out of Poland in 1940. Zofia was 13 years old at this time. Her father died from typhus, together with her mother she nearly died for dysentery. In 1946 Zofia and her mother returned to Poland and settled in Wroclaw. She
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National Independence Day

Each year on 11th of November we celebrate National Independence Day, Polish: Narodowe Święto Niepodległości. It  is a non-working, national day in Poland celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty. After 123 years of partition by the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and the Habsburg Empire, Poland regain its independence in 1918. Although process of restoration of Poland’s sovereignty was gradual the 11th of November date was chosen as one
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Dziady Ritual

Dziady is a pre-Christian All Souls ritual during which those who live celebrated their connection with those who passed away.  It was belived that  souls sometimes come back to places where they were at their lifetime. By this  ceremony people were trying to  make contact with their ancestors. The purpose of this ritual was to gain favour from deceased relatives who were belived to be keepers of fecundity and good harvest. The word Dziady comes
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