Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore
Retail: $24.95 Hardback
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.5 inches
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Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore is organized by months beginning with December and Advent, St. Nicholas Day, nativity plays, caroling and New Year celebrations, continuing through the year and midsummer celebrations, harvest festivals, nameday celebrations, birth and death rituals.
Line illustrations enhance the discussion of customs and traditions, many of which 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 lifestyle.
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.
This book will be of interest to anyone of Polish heritage or of folklore in general.