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New Year's Day

New Year's Day 2019 and 2020

The New Year in Poland is celebrated with widespread festivities on New Year’s Eve and a public holiday the following day, 1 January.

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day

In Poland, there are many interesting New Year’s traditions. You’ll still get the fireworks, staying up till midnight for a toast, and family feasts and parties – like elsewhere around the world.. But there are also a lot of old traditions unique to Poland.

On New Year’s Eve, called “Sylwester” in Poland, people will go on hayrides in the woodlands, roast sausages and other foods over a bonfire, and eat much of the same cuisine that they enjoyed earlier around Christmastime. Between New Year’s Eve and Lent, Poland enters a traditional season of partying and attending balls.

For good luck in the year ahead, it’s and old tradition for Poles to wait until midnight on New Year’s Eve and eat a pickled herring. They may also consume poppy seeds and bread rolls shaped like rabbits, cows, and various other animals. And eating donuts or any food formed into a ring shape is also considered a guarantee of a lucky year ahead.

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