In 80-ties in Poland it was very common to celebrate a name day. One checked the calendar and if your name was in it, he could come to you without invitation with potted flower and best wishes. You needed to be prepared for the day: polish vegetable salad, Bigos (Hunters Stew) and Chicken Aspic were common dishes to put on the table.
I remember from my childhood that Polish vegetable salad was a must for each Easter, Christmas, birthday and – very popular those times in Poland – name day. In the 80-ties mayonnaise was hard to get in stores, so we used to prepare it at home.
I still can’t imagine Easter with a family without vegetable salad. Polish vegetable salad is nice to have with cold sliced meets and Beets and Horseradish Salad.
Last Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday. It is a Christian feast that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The biggest folk feast takes place in Łyse village, Kurpie area. You can admire colorful procession – people are traditionally dresses and carry artificial palms. Each year there is a contest for the most beautiful and the biggest palm.
On the folk fair you can buy traditionally prepared food and sweets, handmade palms, Easter decoration and breath a folk feast atmosphere.