The January Uprising of 1863 was the longest and largest Polish insurrection for independence of the 19th century. It broke another record too - the number of women who fought in its battles exceeded any previous armed struggles. The "Women's War", as the Uprising has been sometimes called, and great trauma it caused, brought enormous suffering, but, on the other hand, in its result, women’s emancipation became one of key questions addressed by the Polish Positivists. An indirect effect of the immense role women played in the Uprising was granting them suffrage shortly after regaining freedom and sovereignty. Polish women were one of the first in Europe to receive voting rights, i.e. as far back as in 1918.
Krakow. European Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2019
For Krakow, 2019 will be the year of tastes, smells and meetings. The capital of Małopolska was chosen as the European Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2019. How about taking this opportunity to taste the food, heritage and atmosphere of Europe’s gastronomic centre?
12 destinations you should visit in 2019
Even if Lonely Planet chose Łódź as one of ten places to visit in 2019, you shouldn’t stop at it. To help you plan next year’s travels, we present you a subjective list of the 12 best places in Poland to visit in 2019. One trip for every month of the year!
The magic of Poland’s highland cheeses
Oscypek is the traditional sheep-milk cheese of southern Poland’s mountainous Podhale region. It is the most popular Polish cheese which has long since made its way to cheese-lovers abroad. Equally fascinating is its flavour as well as how it is made. Learn what goes on in the mountain huts where Polish highland shepherds live for several months a year and produce their cheeses when they drive their sheep to graze in mountain pastures.
Polish Christmas Cookbook
Discover the exceptional flavours of Polish Christmas. Polish festive cookery combines centuries-old native tradition with the influence of many different cultures. One tradition holds that there should be 12 different dishes on the Christmas Eve (Wigilia) table. Try preparing at least one of them and we guarantee you’ll build up an appetite for the rest.
Polish Christmas Calendar
Discover the most important Polish nativity traditions with Polish Christmas Calendar - in Poland usually called an Advent Calendar! Everyday we will reveal to you a new Christmas fact.
Waiting for Christmas – Advent in Poland
Some people feel that the best part of the Christmas holidays is awaiting and anticipating them. In Christian tradition, Advent is a period of watchful vigilance in anticipation of the birth of Jesus. It is also a period of frenzied preparations, gift shopping, retrieving the Christmas-tree ornaments and meet-ups with friends. So, it’s time to find out about how Poles prepare for Christmas.
The November Uprising – what were the Poles fighting for and why?
If you are interested in Polish history, there is a good chance that you have heard about the partitions. You may also have heard about the November Uprising, which began on 29 November 1830. And if you dig deeper into the subject, you will read that the uprising broke out in the Kingdom of Poland. But wait a second: there was no Poland at that time. Where does the Kingdom of Poland come from? And why did the Poles rise up if they had their own country? Unfortunately, as usual, Polish history is complicated – so let’s try to get to the bottom of it.
Andrew, Andrew – a girl’s best friend…
“…Express your will and do agree – my sweetheart to reveal to me,” maidens would sing on St Andrew’s Eve. According to an old folk belief, they could get a glimpse of the future on that one night and see his profile, occupation or name. Matrimonial fortune-telling sets the tone on evenings. They include throwbacks to old folk traditions as well as more recent customs which we present to you today. Once reserved for eligible maidens, nowadays they can serve as November attractions for everyone. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of these predictions but we can venture the risk that a good time will be had by all.
100 years of women's right to vote in Poland
On the 28th of November 1918 Polish women achieved the right to vote. Poland was one of the first countries in Europe to secure this essential issue. But it was not only about voting - Polish women during the period of the Second Polish Republic (1918-1939) were gaining more and more independence, proving their extraordinary role in Polish history and culture. Check what civil liberties and possibilieties did women obtain after Poland had regained independence.
"We are creating a fan base for Polishness” – interview with a teacher of Polish as a foreign language
The Polish language is the European Union’s biggest Slavic language. Although it still does not top the list of the most eagerly chosen foreign languages, it enjoys a constantly expanding circle of advocates and devotees. Why do students from different corners of the globe decide to study Polish and is it really as difficult as it is said to be? That is what we asked Dr Piotr Kajak, a teacher of Polish as a foreign language, an assistant professor and deputy director of the Polonicum Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at the University of Warsaw.
11 Facts on 11.11
In just four years, the Great War “changed the skin of the world.” Previously thought impossible — Poland’s independence — became reality after 123 years of partitions. 11 November, 11.11, marks National Independence Day. What do you need to know about it? Here are 11 facts about 11.11 for the centenary of Independent Poland!