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Polish customs, traditions, and folklore

Author: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
Publisher: New York : Hippocrene Books, ©1993.
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Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore is organized by months beginning with December and Advent, St. Nicholas Day, the Wigilia (Christmas Eve) nativity plays, caroling and then New Year celebrations. It proceeds from the Shrovetide period to Ash Wednesday, Lent, the celebration of spring, Holy Week customs then superstitions, beliefs and rituals associated with farming, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, midsummer
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Knab, Sophie Hodorowicz.
Polish customs, traditions, and folklore.
New York : Hippocrene Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)606346619
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
ISBN: 0781800684 9780781800686
OCLC Number: 26722767
Notes: Spine title: Polish customs, traditions, & folklore.
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Polish customs, traditions, & folklore
Responsibility: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab ; foreword by Czesław Michał Krysa ; illustrations by Mary Anne Knab.

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Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore is organized by months beginning with December and Advent, St. Nicholas Day, the Wigilia (Christmas Eve) nativity plays, caroling and then New Year celebrations. It proceeds from the Shrovetide period to Ash Wednesday, Lent, the celebration of spring, Holy Week customs then superstitions, beliefs and rituals associated with farming, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, midsummer celebrations, harvest festivities, wedding rites, nameday celebrations, birth and death rituals. Line illustrations enhance this rich and varied treasury of folklore.

Many of the customs and traditions found herein are extinct even in today's Poland. World wars, massive immigration, the loss of the oral tradition, urbanization and politics have changed the face of a once agrarian people and their accompanying life style. In the U.S., the desire for membership within the "melting pot," marriages outside one's ethnic group, movement to the suburbs away from the "old" communities where customs and traditions were once strong, further weakened the link. Although the purpose and meaning may have been lost and forgotten, the oczepiny ceremony (the unveiling) is still the mainstay of almost every wedding where the bride declares Polish heritage.

Many Polish American communities still reenact the harvest celebrations, reminding themselves of their ancestors' reverence for the grains and gifts of bread. Eight million Americans still claim their ancestry as Polish, many still diligently practicing that which they learned at their parents' and grandparents' knees. Much has also been neglected or completely forgotten. My hopes in writing this book are to educate and to celebrate, to act as a catalyst for the initiation of, or the revival of, various customs and traditions, to offer a sense of rootedness and belonging and, lastly, to preserve a slice of what was the life of a people with whom many can claim, or someday may wish to reclaim, a kinship.

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