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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Polish Family Names – how did it all started

Back to XII century a person was described only by one word – his name. There was no distinction for names or surnames whatsoever. Designations that were used to describe people were not inherited and consist of one word. Among others typical names from that historic period were: Bogdan, Sulen, Micherz, Suluj, Niesiebud, Gościrad, Boguchwał, Kuczek, Dalestryj, Radost, Dobruj, Kuzior, Paweł, Suta, Chocian, Przewodek, Gwozdan, Chwalisz, Krobza, Miłostryj, Żydowin, Bożek and Chociemir. Contemporary meaning of
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