4 December 2014 by Lucy
There are more than 10,000 Polish people living in Merseyside, and we are really pleased to be involved in their Christmas celebrations this year, working with Polish community group Merseyside Polonia, to put on some fantastic activities at the Museum of Liverpool and Sudley House.
Christmas in Poland is a truly magical and important time of year. Poles are famous for their hospitality, especially at Christmas when strangers are welcomed to share ‘Wigilia’ (the Polish word for Christmas Eve meaning ‘to await’ in Latin) and an additional seat is always left at the table for someone unknown.
It is still strongly believed that whatever occurs on ‘Wigilia’ has an impact on the coming year. The father or eldest member of the family reaches for the ‘oplatek’ (wafer), breaks it in half and gives one half to the mother and other family members. They wish one another a long life, good health, joy and happiness, not only for the holiday season but also for the New Year and for another year to come!
Merseyside Polonia have organised plenty of opportunities to meet and discover the atmosphere of what Polish Christmas spirit is all about this year, without travelling all the way to Poland!
You can enjoy a Polish Christmas Workshop on Saturday 6 December at the Museum of Liverpool between 2 and 4pm. Enjoy making homemade Christmas gifts and decorations, including traditional straw Christmas tree ornaments that you can take home. There will also be a chance to enjoy some traditional Polish food in the Waterfront Café, and an opportunity to buy some handmade artwork in the shop made by members of Polonia.
On Sunday 14 December, Sudley House will host another Christmas Workshop between 2 and 4pm, so there’s no need to miss out!
For more information, visit www.merseysidepolonia.com
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