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Poland's spring season is a beloved time of year due to the warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Although Poland is a great travel destination all year round, there is something exceptionally beautiful about springtime. Traveling along country roads that wind through fields of blooming rapeseed and dandelion meadows, surrounded by roadside willows flourishing with fresh green leaves, will lead to many unique locations. These sights provide an opportunity to learn about local customs, traditions, and regional cuisine. Farm stays in the countryside offer visitors a chance to experience the famed Polish hospitality, combining a warm and welcoming invitation with a hearty, rustic, and fresh meal.

In addition to Christmas, Easter is one of Poland's most important religious events. The Easter celebrations across Poland are colorful and vibrant and follow specific rituals. Visiting Poland during the Holy Week and Easter holidays will allow you to witness how the Catholic faith is an integral part of Polish culture and tradition.

There are also several other festivities and commemorations related to the first spring days in Poland. One of the most curious observances is the Drowning of Marzanna or the Winter's Witch. This tradition dates back to pagan Slavs, who believed that burning and drowning Marzanna, the goddess of winter, pestilence, and death, would ensure a prompt arrival of warm weather and a good harvest. Marzanna is represented by a straw figure wrapped in colorful linen decorated with ribbons, beads, and other ornaments. The doll is set on fire and thrown into the river. It is later picked up and paraded through town, marking the end of winter and the beginning of springtime.

In Poland, the first day of spring is also known as Dzień Wagarowicza, or "Truant's Day," and is an unofficial occasion to play hooky. On that day, many students cut class and head to local parks and gardens to celebrate the incoming spring, longer days, and warmer weather. While not attending school is generally frowned upon, teachers and professors show some leniency on that day.

Finally, Majówka, or a long Mayday weekend, is one of Poland's most eagerly anticipated breaks. Three holidays, Labor Day on May 1st, Flag Day on May 2nd, and Constitution Day on May 3rd, result in an extended weekend. During this time, many Poles take time off work and enjoy spending time with their friends and family. Expanding the Mayday weekend has created a new spring tradition of outdoor grilling. Although grilling and barbequing were not previously common in Poland, they are now favorite pastimes and cooking methods during holidays. The scent of grilled Polish sausage or pork shoulder has become a signature smell of quality time in Poland during the springtime.

Spring in Poland is a season of beauty, excitement, and celebration, a time when the country comes alive with the colors and scents of nature. Whether you are interested in culture, nature, or both, spring in Poland offers something for everyone, and it is an experience that should not be missed.


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