Cześć! Your word for today is… Wielkanoc!
Pronunciation: Vielkanots<vʲjɛlˈkãnɔʦ̑>. Hear how you pronounce it here.
The Polish word ‘Wielkanoc’ consists of two words: ‘wielka’ (grand) and ‘noc’ (a night).
It’s Easter, not Christmas, that is the oldest and most important Christian holiday. It celebrates Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Nowadays it’s a 3-day celebration and holiday preceded by a 40-day long preparation period called Lent.
Easter is observed in April but does not fall on a fixed date. As in many other countries, also in Poland the main Easter customs involve decorating Easter eggs and blessing of food in church.
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