Delving into the Culture and Customs of Poland

Poland culture  ©wyzik/flickr

Poland culture ©wyzik/flickr

1000 years of history is what makes the Polish culture so characteristic. Be it the confluence or the influences of the Germanic, Latinate and Byzantine worlds, Poland maintains its hospitable and artistic focus up until today. Though in recent years, it has been regarded as a highly developed country, Poland still preserves its tradition conscientiously. Observing from their style of clothing, their customs and mannerisms, you can tell they were much inspired by the rich Ottoman’s nobility of the 16th and the 17th centuries.

The Polish Baroque

The Polish Baroque influenced by Sarmatism lasted til the mid-18th century, so you can still see the grandeur and dramatic Baroque style with such a rich emphasis that outdo the harmonious and beautiful Renaissance style.

Polish Soups and Food Prep

Polish soups and food preparation are fascinating. Nowadays, they are still using devices such as oars in the large vessels to cater to large groups. This just greatly shows how important hospitality is in their culture.

Traditionally, the Polish cuisines range from kielbasa (which is the sausages), pierogi (pierożki or stuffed dumplings), pyzy (meat-filled dough balls), kopytka (potato dumplings similar to gnocchi served baked with cheese, fried bacon and onion), gołąbki (cabbage rolls or stuffed peppers), śledzie (herring), bigos (also known as Hunter’s Stew), kotlety (schabowy is breadcrumbed pork tenderloin cutlet and mielony which is similar to the hamburger meat patty). Just to highlight a few for now, but in a separate post, we will share more details about the Polish cuisines.

The Pole’s Hospitality and Warmth

The perfect reflection of the hospitality and warmth emanate by the Poles can be seen at their dining table etiquette. First, breakfasts in the morning are heavy with cold cuts of meat and generous servings of vegetables. Dinners and suppers have this universal proverb to describe: “After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.” So you can imagine, with the Poles being original potatoes eaters, meat such as cold cuts and sausages as the mainstays, you might wish to walk a few miles instead of one.

Big Hearty Comfort Food

Interestingly, they use grilling methods on these foods in their front lawn or reverentially at their country homes. The Poles simply has such a big heart as they always welcome guests.

Polish Folklore

Jazz concert in Poland

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Of course, you can discover a lot about the Polish culture through their art and folklore. From the art and paintings, you still can see the culture of the Polish nobility called ‘szlachta’ and it refers to a privileged class. Poland displays a diverse mix of the vivacious Eastern ornamental style and the lugubrious Islamic influence. Rather an interesting mix and the outcome is yet for you to experience and savor!
Last but not least, from the literary to artistic figures throughout the history, Poland presents such a vibrant cultural scene. Hundreds and hundreds of arts festivals – covering all genres of music, film, theatre, visual arts, and even videos. One of the Poles main interests is Jazz music where you can easily take part in one of the thirty jazz festivals each year.

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