Student guide

TRADITIONS POLISH HOLIDAYS

 January 
 Święto Trzech Króli (epihany) 6th of Jnauary, twelwe days after Christmas. It is often viewed as the last day of the Christmas season.
 February/March 
Tłusty czwartek (Fat Thursday - Doughnut Day) celebrated of te last day of the carnival. On the last day we bake, or buy and eat lots of delicious doughnut with marlmalade.
Ostatki, Śledzik (Shrove Tuesday) the last day of the carnival, just before Lent. Many people, especialy young, go out in the evening.
March/April
Wielki Czwartek, Wielki Piątek, Wielka Sobota (Triduum Paschalne) (Maundy Thursday, Good Friady and Holy Saturday) durnig the very last three days of the Lent special ceremonies ale held in churches. On holy Saturday people bring food in small baskets wchich are blessed durnig the mass and shared for breakfast at home afterwards.
Lany poniedziałek (Easter Monday) the Monday after Easter Sunday. children and adults pour water on another, wish good health and give small gifts.
Prima aprilis (April Fools' Day) on the 1st od April. You can be sure that someone may try to trick you on this day. 
May
Majówka (May Day Picnic) it is a time to celebrate both the spring time and workers' rights. Many people in Poland enjoy May 1 by being outdoors, as it marks a time when the wheather becomes warmer in the spring. It is part of a holiday season known as Majówka, which includes Poland's Constitutuion Day, celebrated on May 3. 
June
Boże ciało (Corpus Christi) Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Comunnion. You can see processions led by children scattering flower petals. 
Sobótka (St. John's Night in June) in villiges, towns and cities located by a river, lake oraz sea people gather at one place in the late evening to observe the spectacle of wreaths decoreted with burning candles floating on the water. 
November
Wszystkich świętych (all Saints' Day) 1st of November. People go to cemeteries to light candles and pray for their relatives, friends or stangers who have passed away.
Święto Niepodleglości (National Independence Day) 11th of November. This is public holiday in Poland, an anniversary of Poland's regaining independence statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria-Hungary, Germany and Russia. 
Andrzejki (St. Andrew's Day) 30th of November. It is a very misterious evening - people pour hot, melted wax into a bowl of cold water, the shape of the melted wax tells the future. 
December
Mikolajki (St. Nicholas Day) 6th od December. It's a sign of the coming Christmas. Supposing that you where good it is very probable thet early in the morning you will find a gift in your shoes.
Wigilia (Christmas Eve) 24th od December. Before a solemn dinner we share a holy wafer with one another. The dises served are very special and usually associated with Christmas Eve exclusively. Every region has its own dishes. 

GDYNIA – GENERAL INFORMATION
Gdynia is a young, dynamic and rapidly developing city. It is referred to as “a city built on sea and dreams” since its foundation was the aftermath of Poland regaining independence after years of enslavement. On the sands of the Baltic Sea beach, a modern harbor city was built “from scratch”.

Nowadays, Gdynia is inhabited by almost a quarter of a million people and the vast majority of them are proud to be living here. Gdynia’s citizens value their city for the ease of finding attractive jobs, good education and comfortable apartments. Also, they point out the reliable public transport, safety and availability of services – not to mention the sea, beaches, hills and forests right on their doorstep. Add to this the highest annual number of sunny days and you will meet the most satisfied Polish citizens, sociologists say.
People in Gdynia like to enjoy themselves. So do their guests from other parts of the country and world. Concerts accompanied by fireshows and laser lighting displays draw thousands of people to the city. The different yacht festivals or the beach theater scene are only a few of many attractions. This year Gdynia will be host to the Red Bull Air Race in July, a one-of-a-kind airshow where the contestants race at the incredible speed of 370 kph on a race track built from air gates. August is the time of the Operation Gdynia Sails tall ship festival. For four days the city will be overrun by shell-backs from around the world and the quay will flourish with masts and sails. Also on the calendar are the evergreens. First of all, the Open’er Festival, the best of the biggest music festivals in Europe that as usual is going to be host to the best of the best in the music world: Pearl Jam, Phoenix, The Black Keys. Secondly, the Globaltica World Cultures Festival and Gdynia Film Festival, which is the most important event in the Polish film industry. You can also visit the Gdynia Music Theatre to see the world’s greatest musicals: “Shrek”, “Spamalot”, “Fiddler on the roof” or “Grease”. There is of course The Gdynia Aquarium which houses 3 floors with 68 exhibition aquariums that are home to more than 1,500 members of 250 different animal and plant species. These include giant green anacondas, the biggest living coral reef in Poland, several species of shark or the public’s favorite Giant Pacific Octopus – Caroline. You can take a tour of the Aquarium with a personal electronic tour guide that “speaks” both English and German.