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Marzanna and Wianki

If you are moving to Poland from UK you should know about two traditions of Poland.  A Marzanna is a straw doll about 3 feet tall, dressed in rags, a striped shirt and lots of ribbons. When spring arrives and the snows start to melt, the people dress in costume and escort the doll to the river – where they throw her in, thus killing the winter. Legend goes that once there lived a young man, whose faith was so great that he saved the life of a girl who was to be sacrificed to appease the god of Flood and Storm.

During Wianki in Midsummer wreaths with candles in are floated on the waters. If it floats to the lady on the other side – she will find love – but if it circles three times, she will be unlucky in love. This was a pre-Christian fertility rite for the Slavic goddess of love and the harvest. The water represents purification. This used to also have a bonfire jumping ceremony connected with it.

Poland joined the EU in 2004 and has been a member of the Schengen area since 2007. The capital city is Warsaw and the currency is the Zloty (Zt) (around 5.40 zloty to the British pound).

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Expats in Poland

There are several sites where you can get information about expat clubs, news and communities. These three sites will give you a taste of what is available.

Internations

Expat Focus

Top tip on moving to Poland

Know where you are travelling to as Poland appears to lack signs to anywhere but the major cities. It can be difficult to know where you are, so be sure to have a good map.

Know that public transportation in the most remote areas of eastern Poland is nearly non-existant and unless you want to wait whole day for a bus you’ll have to get by on foot.

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Published By VanOne
Last updated on 12th August 2019

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