New Year’s Day, out of its traditional relevance, is also called as St. Sylvester’s Eve. According to legends, it is associated with Pope Sylvester I, who supposedly caught a dragon named Leviathan.
On the first date of the year of 1000, the dragon was able to get himself liberated from Pope Sylvester’s regime, and went on to demolish land, people, as well as set fire to the heavens.
However, the dragon was later caught again, and world still survived itself on the New Year’s Day. In the commemoration of the same, people started celebrating and rejoicing the New Year’s Day as St. Sylvester’s Day.
New Year Celebrations in Poland
The New Year celebrations as made in Poland are regular in some ways, and complete unique in some others.
Celebration time during New Year in Poland is prominently about spending some good time with close friends and family members at home, while spreading happiness and cheer.
Many others wish to do the same by planning an outing, or a night party in a famous night club, discotheque, or a pub preferably offering something more than usual on New Year’s Eve.
The pop concerts, which most of the time are open air concerts, are also organized in many places in Poland, and are attended by thousands and more.
A bottle of champagne is necessarily to be toasted at midnight in the family party, street party, or any other common or uncommon place where place is going on.
Some of these parties are so prominently classic and vibrant, that one might lose an entry in any one of them, if one starts planning any time later than the month of September.
So, one need to have reservations far ahead of time, if one wishes to be in those big-time classic parties. Those holding private parties make sure to have magnificent dinners with equally splendid dishes on the platter, necessarily including sausages and bigos.
There are some who wish to get close to the nature during the time of New Year. The preferred places are the marvelous Tantra Mountains, from where one can see the beautiful sunrise of the first dawns of the New Year rising over the mountains range.
Also, since it is the time of the year when Poland is in dry cold weather, with a little powdery snowfall, many people loves to spend their New Year’s time in skiing or sledging. Some people plan to have a loose party in a forest, by putting up a bonfire, and singing and dancing around it whole night.
Traditional New Year Celebrations in Poland
For the fact, even in the present time, only affluent families living in Poland are able to have those special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations.
Therefore, one can find majority of the people spending the time getting glued to a television set, which on the special day is telecasting special programs.
However, the core of New Year celebrations in Poland quotes that no one should be lonely for the day. It is not necessary the way they celebrate it, but the important thing is that one has to feel good and be optimistic.
There is also a tradition of wishing at least one person good by saying, “do siego roku”, which refers to “I wish you well”.
Also, there is an important tradition of smudging windows and doorknobs of the house with tar, or to hide pots that were left drying on a fence.
Doing all such things is traditionally believed to symbolize for driving out the odl year, and welcoming the New Year. Some parts of the country have people baking donuts, with a belief that it will ensure abudnace of wealth in the coming year.