During public holidays, banks, institutions and most shops, bars and restaurants are closed. Some small, privately-owned shops are opened for a few hours, but it’s best to get your basic food provisions the day before. On Sundays, most shops, bars and restaurants are open.


More "need to know"

Travel Check List  - what to pack and how to prepare for the journey

Visa Information - see if you need a visa to travel to Poland

Useful thelephone numbers - just in case

International Airports - where you can fly to in Poland

Food and Drink - see what culinary delights await you

Public Holidays - what and when the Poles celebrate


Public Holidays in 2013

  2013 2014
Jan 01 New Year's Day New Year's Day
Apr 01  Easter Monday -
Apr 21 - Easter Monday
May 01   Labour Day Labour Day
May 03 Constitution Day Constitution Day
May 29 - Ascension Day
May 30 Corpus Christi -
June 19 - Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption Assumption
Nov  01 All Saints' Day All Saints' Day
Nov  11 Independence Day Independence Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day Christmas Day
Dec 26

Second Day of Christmas

Second Day of Christmas


Other holidays celebrated by the Poles

Last Thursday before Lent - Fat Thursday

A celebration of the end of Carnival season. Poles eat huge quantities of doughnuts (pączki) on this day.


March 08 - International Women's Day  

More popular in the communist era, when women got flowers (mainly carnations) or small gifts. A nice day to have


March 21 - The First Day of Spring 

Kids celebrate it by skipping school, which is generally frowned upon by the teachers and parents alike, but it remains an old and celebrated tradition.


April 01 - April Fool's Day  

Called in Poland by its Latin name - "Prima Aprilis" -  this is a day to play tricks on everyone.


June 01 - International Child's Day 

A day when children receive gifts, sweets and are generally spoiled.


June 24  - Midsummer  Night  

Called also Noc Kupały, this is an old Pagan celebration. It  relates to the summer solstice and includes a number of Pagan rituals.  Girls float wreaths of flowers often lit with candles on rivers, which make the Polish waterways look eerily beautiful. In recent years, floating of sky lanterns became en vogue. There was an ancient belief that on this night only the elusive fern flower blossomed - bringing prosperity and luck to its finder.


November 29 - Eve of St Andrew's Day 

A night of magic, divination and superstitions. Young people throw parties and pour hot candle wax through a hole in a key into cold water, divining their future from the resulting shape.



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