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Barborka, the nameday of Barbara
Nameday is a traditional celebration, similar to birthday, that is spent among relations and friends. St Barbara's nameday offers, however, balls, feasts and orchestra marches that take place on that day, especially in Silesia region where there are many mines.

Bigos recipe
This popular dish is one of the most popular meals of Polish cuisine. Although its basic ingredients are white cabbage, sauerkraut and meat, one may enrich its taste with various additions. Tastes even better when reheated.

Bishop Stanislaw, the first Polish Saint
The legend about life and martyrdom of the first Polish saint, bishop Stanislaw, became known throughout Poland. Historical truth, however, differs from those stories as the legend of the bishop was created by opponents of the king who convicted Stanislaw.

Bolek and Lolek cartoon
There are some animated TV series that we all love to come back too. Bolek and Lolek is children cartoon from the times of my childhood. It is about adventures of two young brothers. As it does not contain polish dialogues, it was promoted also outside of Poland.

Boleslaw the Brave
Although it is Mieszko I who united and ruled Polish lands as the first one, his first-born son Boleslaw was the first one to be enthroned. He enlarged the lands inherited after his father and formed a strong and Christian country respected and known in Europe.

Christmas Market in Krakow
On the last day of the year, Krakow Main Market Square hosts one of the biggest parties ever! Visitors and locals express their joy over the forthcoming year with the glass of champaigne.

Chrust (Faworki) Recipe
Recipe for traditional Polish pastry straws called Chrust (or Faworki) that are especially popular during time of carnival and on Fat Thursday celebrations. Easy to make, Faworki will provide a lot of joy to Polish cuisine lovers.

Communism – something to laugh about?
The period of Communism in Poland brings various bitter memories and unsolved issues. But many people associate it with the best Polish comedies and satire that laughed at the absurd of everyday life that ordinary citizens had to face.

Division of Poland in 12th century
Poland has been couple times divided into smaller pieces by its opponents. However, in 12th century it was Polish king who decided to divide his country between his sons. Although it was done in good faith, it brought its citizens more problems than the king expected.

Easter dishes
The time when the Christians celebrate Resurrection of Jesus, announces also the end of the Lent, when eating many dishes is forbidden. Therefore the days of Easter are also the days when Polish tables are covered with delicious meals and various pastries.

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