Covering the entire country Flavor of Poland shows American audiences that there is more to Polish food than kielbasa.
On Christmas Eve, TFN takes a look at some of the festive traditions of bygone times and the meanings behind them including talking farm animals and the significance of hay on the dining table.
On average a 163 bottles are ordered to help celebrate a marriage, making it by far the most popular wedding drink.
The small town of Łowicz will erupt into colour today as locals take to the streets to celebrate Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało). Women in colourful Masovian costumes, young girls in their white holy communion dresses and men in colourful medieval culottes carrying standards of the Virgin Mary join solemn priests, draped in clerical red leading a procession, while a carnival including, ferris wheels and folk art workshops, turns the event into a weekend-long affair.
From traditions harking back to pagan times to breakfast tables groaning under the weight of food, a Polish Easter is like no other.
The oldest Christmas carol in Poland dates back to 1424 and was called Zdrów Bądź, Królu Anjelski (Praised Be, Lord of Angels). Since then the tradition has thrived, with one carol, Bóg Się Rodzi (God is Born) almost becoming Poland’s national anthem in 1792.
In this special festive episode of Heart of Poland, join The First News as we walk around the streets of Warsaw and learn more about Christmas in Poland and Christmas traditions in Poland. Sees the sights and smells of a traditional Christmas market in Warsaw guided by Warsaw tour guide, Kuba Wesołowski and our regular host, Patrick Ney.
With its mix of party and prophecy, the celebration of St Andrew’s is littered with rich and ancient cultural traditions.