FAMILY FEASTS AND CELEBRATIONS

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FEASTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Feastdays, birthdays (urodziny), namesdays (imieniny) and anniversaries offer a splendid excuse to gather together. When you consider the size of the family, these are frequent occasions. At certain times of the year the calender is fully booked for these lunches, dinners, evening parties, barbeques in summer or just afternoon teas hosted by the various families. These become opportunities, not only for the Family but also for their friends to keep in touch with the latest gossip and news. They don't need much of an excuse to eat and drink.

Christmas Wigilia

at Marek and Llynne's

Find out about the family celebrations. Easter and Christmas play a most important role in the unity of the family. Each family within the family takes turns to host the celebration feasts. Extended family members are frequesntly present at these feasts swelling the numbers considerably. For the millenium 2000 Christmas Wigilia there were 22 present. The largest gathering has been 23 in 1980 something. (Can anyone help with the exact date?). Not bad from an original group of five in 1945!

WIGILIA

Christmas celebrations start on Christmas Eve (Wigilia) when the first star appears in the sky. As weather is unpredictable, especially in England, this normally is at about 6 o'clock. Before the meal starts, the symbolic sharing of bread (oplatek) takes place with each of the family members.

Then the eating and drinking starts. As Christmas Eve is a day of abstinence there is no meat served and only fish dishes are presented starting with marinated herrings. This is traditionally followed by fried carp and finished with cakes and other sweet goodies. By this time not only the children are anxious for their presents which are all displayed under the christmas tree. After all of this those who are still fit and able go to to the local church for midnight mass (Pasterka) returning fully refreshed to continue eating, drinking and talking, putting the world to right.
Family at Christmas in 1972 with special visitor from Poland, Bishop Bogdan Sikorski- cousin of Jozefat

SLEDZ

On Good Friday the ladies of each household will be preparing the food for Easter. The last thing they need is the menfolk milling around and sticking their fingers into the food- to taste it of course! So what else is there to do but for the men to get together somewhere out of the way. As its supposed to be a day of fasting the only thing one can eat is fish, so the men nibble marinated herrings (SLEDZ). But fish like to swim so the men, being considerate creatures, also drink a lot but not just anything. Wodka flows in profusion. In an all male company the outcome of such an occasion needs no elaboration.

Marek took over the duty of hosting this occasion from Jurek and assembles them around the "round table" which seats a maximum of twelve. What will happen when the number grows above twelve has not yet been figured out.
Gathering for Sledz: Genek, Simon, Krzysztof, Leszek, Anton.
Have a look at the menu for this fasting meal and the recipes for the dishes.

EASTER BREAKFAST

Awaiting contribution for description of this feast

WHOSE TURN IS NEXT?

See the News Page to find out where its all happening next.

Take time out to see how we celebrate,what we eat and how its prepared. The original traditional menus have been modified and evolved to reflect the individuality of the host family. The enlargement of the Family has brought in new traditions which have been incorporated making the Family that much richer.

CHRISTMAS EVE MENU

EASTER BREAKFAST MENU

SLEDZ MENU

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