Category Archives: Traditional

The Patron’s Day

The patron of our school as you already know is Kornel Makuszyński – famous polish writer.

In our school each year we celebrate our Patron’s Day – which is also the date of the birth of Kornel Makuszyński. This year students took part in competiton of knowledge about the patron of our school.

First place went to class IV B!

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Gingerbread Cookies

In Poland there is a tradition of baking Christmas gingerbread cookies. We eat them during Christmas time. Our students prepared some gingerbread cookies at school. They had a lot of fun.

There are many different recipes for gingerbread cookies and here is one of them :

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
1 pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 cup sugar
4-5 cups flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
4 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in water

Heat honey until it boils, then allow it to cool until lukewarm. In a large bowl, sift the flour with the spices. In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar until thick. Add the soda to the eggs, then the honey, then the flour. Mix well.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut cookies into Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. Bake them on parchment-covered cookie sheets in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until just lightly browned.

After cooling, The pierniki may be decorated with icing made of powdered sugar, water, and a drop or two of almond or vanilla extract. Or they can be covered with a chocolate glaze.

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Santa Claus Day

The sixth of December is the day when all children in Poland wait for presents from Santa Claus. In our school all the students were also waiting for Santa Claus, who appeared with a big sack full of sweets for everybody. Everybody was very happy!!

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Our students also celebrated this day at the swimming pool.

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Our youngest students also watched a special performance on ice on this day.

It was a present from Santa Claus for them.

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11 November

11 November is the Independence Day in Poland. On this day we commemorate hard times of our country, which disappeared from the world map for 123 years. Our students prepared a special performance, in which they sang national and contemporary songs and presented poems.

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On all Saints day

On all Saints day you normaly go to church and light candles by the graves. You think a little bit more about the ones that have passed. In the evening it looks nice with all the candles. All Saints day (Allhelgonadagen)  is the 1st  of November and we celebrate All Saints day (Alla helgons dag) the Saturday after. You have celebrated  All Saints day in Sweden since 1100 A.D with some exceptions because sometimes it was forbidden.On all Saints day

Written by Kajsa and Axel year 3, translated by Clara in year 6.

Folklore and folk music

In Poland there is a division of the country into regions, i.e. ethnographic units, differing characteristics of folk culture in dress, songs, music, speech (dialect) and dance.
We distinguish currently 16 regions folk music in Poland:

Kashuby (West), Greater Poland, Lubusz Land, Warmia and Masuria, Pomerania Province, Mazovia, Podlasie, Kurps, Lublin, Łowickie, Sieradz, Kielce, Krakow, Podhale, Silesia, Rzeszów.

Folk music as an element of folklore

Folk Music in Poland is part of the culture and traditions mainly of the peasants . Folk music as culture is not homogeneous. This is what country people sang or played could be ‘ own ‘ or assimilated and adapted to changing needs. Generally speaking folk music is everything that rural people create and perform solo and as a team .

In past centuries, folk music was a thriving area of our culture. In the twentieth century , this music began to fade , however , as fewer and fewer young people themselves singing and dancing . We are seeing a gradual blurring of the differences between the way of life in rural and urban areas . Today, authentic folk music can be heard already very rare , yet it grows the oldest generation , or young people and children, who belong to the folk .

Folk music formerly passed through oral tradition from father to son. Currently made ​​recordings of folk singers and instrumentalists , in order to preserve their art for future generations. Operate regional song and dance festivals are held annually , which are presented songs and dances .

Such festivals are held in Zakopane , in Kazimierz on the Vistula River, in Rzeszow and other cities.

Making music and singing always accompanied by family ceremonies such as baptisms, wedding , or a funeral . Singing also greeted the new season ( spring – melting Morena , and initiated and terminated work in the field, such as harvest ) .
In each region, country music, dance, folk costume is slightly different. It has a very colorful and interesting colors. In some regions, such as:

In Wielkopolska – tunes are fast and fun. The band plays such dances as cheers, Let’s go, walcerek. Very fast songs to WIWAT are full of humor and verve.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As8CW7cV0SU

 Wielkopolska

In Kurpie – in the north eastern part of Mazovia, the music is completely different. Surroundings are devoid of fertile land. People living there are rather poor, there are more sad songs, slow, minor key in the keys. There you can hear a lot of lyrical songs that are sung at a slow pace and with a loud voice. Among the dances Kurpian mention may be very fast dance called …. “Powolniak” and ado, rhythmic stomping women during singing.

Kurpie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbvvjJT7l5A

In Mazowsze -  Dances such as oberek and mazurka are widespread. Mazur in this region is danced as a dance vortex, the line of a single, common for all pairs of wheels. Mazur dancing in a living, but not at a fast pace. Men and women from time to time rhythmically shout the following phrases:

“The dances, with a family of the everted Mazurkowa”

Mazowsze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96QYAIaFmD4
In Kujawy – where there are lowlands, the landscape is quiet, the most popular dances are kujawiaks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xd0q7vd5nQ

Kujawy

In Lubelskie – the eastern Polish territories, we find even today the old ritual wedding songs, and songs harvesting, sung once while working in the field.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7KhVOjimgU

Lubelskie

In the Beskid Mountains and the Carpathians – we can hear music of Żywiec and Podhale highlanders. Music is distinguished by spontaneity, the singing men, followed by dances in a bipartite meter, such as a chair whose pace is getting faster.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZMwm9RHje4

Beskidy

In Podhale – dances accompanied by the band, consisting of first and second violins, and basses that play usually only two low thanks. Highlander music is expressive, energetic, rhythmic, full of loud shouts. The distinctiveness of music highlanders of Podhale, shall inter alia polyphonic singing, unknown in the folk traditions of other Polish regions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgnZ7htD8A4

 Podhale

Popularization of Polish folklore is dealt with state-owned units, of which the most famous are:

Mazowsze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HaIDNgs-mk

Śląsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xCzTSSyDrk