Poland was at the center of that maelstrom called World War II, and everywhere one looks there are memorials still standing to the ravages of the German blitzkrieg. But tourists who dismiss the ruin of that era and explore deeper find a country with a more enchanting heritage that goes a long way back to the first millennium. The Polish calendar 2013 celebrates this heritage and history, and more, although most of the celebrations are considered working holidays (except religious ones which are fully considered non-working days).
New Year’s Day – Although the communist had banned for a long time religious celebrations, they had not been successful in banning the celebration on the first day of the new year.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Katyn Massacre Day – On this day, Poles memorialize the victims of a 1940 mass execution carried out by the Soviet Secret Police in the Katyn Forest.
Thursday, 13 April 2013
Dzień Flagi Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej
Flag Day – This day celebrates the Polish flag as it was raised in the aftermath of the battle of Berlin in 1945.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Constitution Day – On this day the post-war Polish constitution was ratified.
Friday, 3 May 2013
Narodowe Święto Zwycięstwa i Wolności
Victory Day – This day in the Poland calendar 2013 commemorates the victory of Soviet forces against Nazi Germany. Soviet bloc countries like Poland were liberated as Nazi troops retreated.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Day of Remembrance of the Poznan – This was the day when the Polish people carried slogans that said “We demand bread!”, a protest in 1956 against the communist rule.
Friday, 28 June 2013
Święto Wojska Polskiego
Polish Armed Forces Day – For a country that had long been embroiled in both internal and external wars, its Armed Forces is distinctly recognized on this day in the Poland calendar 2013.
Thursday, 15 August 2013.
Day of the Polish Air Force – This day celebrates the victory of pilot Franciszek Zwirko and mechanic Stanislaw Wigura in 1932.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Day of Solidarity and Freedom – This day commemorates the August Agreement that was precipitated by labor strikes in Gdansk in 1980.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Day of National Education – This day in the Poland calendar 2013 was formerly known as the Day of the Teacher. Today, this day celebrates the founding of the Commission of National Education.
Monday, 14 October 2013
Day of Pope John Paul II – This day celebrates the achievements of the only non-Italian pontiff, the late Karol Wojtyla.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
All Saints’ Day – Despite the repression of the previous communist regime, Poles still paid respect to their dead on this day.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Narodowe Święto Niepodległości
Independence Day – This day commemorates the independence of Poland from Russia, Prussia and Austria. Because of the country’s proximity to these Soviet powers, it had always been divided amongst these countries until 1918.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Pierwszy dzień Bożego Narodzenia
Christmas Day – Polish Christians celebrate this day as their Savior is born, despite massive repression from the communist rulers who banned all forms of religious celebration.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy Poland Holidays in 2013. .!