Friday, 3 April 2015

Holy Saturday

4th April 2015

Holy Saturday in Poland


Many churches in Poland observe Holy Saturday. It is the day after Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus’ death, and the day before Easter Sunday (Wielkanoc), which remembers his resurrection.
People bringing in Easter baskets to be blessed in a church in Poland.

What do people do?

Many people in Poland bring baskets filled with Easter food to their churches for a special blessing on Holy Saturday. It is traditionally believed that baskets should at least include bread, eggs, salt, smoked meat, cheese, horseradish, and cake. Some people add chocolate and fruit to their Easter basket these days.

Public life

Holy Saturday is not an official public holiday in Poland.

Background

Many Christians in Poland and in other countries worldwide observe Holy Saturday, which is the day before Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Symbols

Easter eggs symbolize rebirth and life’s victory over death, while bread symbolizes Jesus Christ’s body. Smoked meat is believed to give good health, wealth, and fertility, while salt wards off evil. Cheese represents friendship, horseradish symbolizes strength and fitness, and cake signifies skills.



 Roman Catholic church in my summer place. It was built in 1925 and survived the WWII.





 Local stream
Two seasons - Good Friday

18 comments:

  1. Is that snow In your springtime?
    Easter Saturday, many shops are open but not all. We don't take baskets to Mass down here...never heard of that until i read your post...have a lovely Easter.

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    1. Margaret it is snow. Tricky weather

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  2. Easter Saturday is such a nothing day here. The big stores are open again, and some smaller shops. It is a bit quiet on the streets because so many people go away for a holiday. Instead of earning 1.5 times an hour for Saturday work, today I earnt 2.5 times. I love the photo of the creek.

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    1. Andrew it is one of positive aspect. Have a nice sunny Sunday

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  3. we used to go to church that day and sit quietly in prayer, remembering that jesus was in the tomb. we'd bring eggs and bread to church on sunday morning for the blessing in our church. :)

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    1. So the tradiotions is almost the same

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  4. I like the picture with the local stream. Over here we do not take baskets with Easter food to church but we have services on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun to observe the holy week.

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    1. Your world is different but fantastic, too,

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  5. Everything is open here today - they were all closed yesterday and will be closed tomorrow for Easter. We don't take food to church to be blessed.

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  6. Easter Sunday and Monday big shopping mall are close but small shops are open it depends on the shopkeepers

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  7. A wonderful post, Happy Easter Gosia. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  8. i love the 2 spires ..what a gorgeous one indeed!! ( :

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  9. What a lovely church and great scenes of your area. I didn't know anybody made Easter Saturday a special day. The things we learn!

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  10. Good that it survied most of ours are new as they did not survive Henry VIII

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