Tradycje wielkanocne – Easter traditions

Easter is a very special time in Poland when we gather with our family to celebrate the Resurrection. It begins with Lent on Ash Wednesday and last for 4 weeks. Week before the Easter we celebrate the Palm Sunday, when people go to the church with colourful palms made of flowers.

Palmy wielkanocne

On Good Friday we celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus, in some cities there are processions.

We prepare a special basket with food called “Święconka” on Holy Saturday. The basket contain eggs, sausages, bread, salt, cake and sugar lamb (baranek cukrowy), it is all blessed by priest with holy water.

Święconka – koszyczek wielkanocny

One of the most popular tradition is painting eggs called “pisanki” – decorating hard boiled eggs with different patterns and techniques. You can use your creativity here and make it real fun for the whole family!


The most important day is Easter Sunday – the Resurrection day. On Easter morning we start our breakfast with sharing the food from “Święconka”. After we start the celebration with a lot of different type of dishes like “żurek”, “baba wielkanocna”, “mazurek” . You can find out more about typical food prepared on Easter in here:

Polish Easter food by Cooking the World

Children are given some small gifts (like chocolate eggs – czekoladowe jajka), they believe that eggs were brought by “zajączek wielkanocny” (Easter bunny).

In Poland, Easter Monday is know as “Śmingus-dyngus” or Wet Monday. Do you want to know more about that tradition? Watch the video below:

Wet Monday –

Słowniczek – glossary:

Wielkanoc – Easter

Post – Lent

Środa Popielcowa (Popielec) – Ash Wednesday

Niedziela Palmowa – Palm Sunday

Wielki Piątek – Good Friday

Wielka Sobota – Holy Saturday

Święconka (koszyczek wielkanocny) – Easter basket

Śmingus – dyngus – Wet Monday

Jajka – eggs

Pisanki – decorated eggs

Baranek – lamb

Zajączek wielkanocny – Easter bunny

Wesołego Alleluja! – Happy Easter! 🙂

Do you like Polish Easter traditions? Which of the dishes would you like to try? How do you celebrate Easter in your country?

Share your traditions in comment!