December 18 2008 Polish Culture Newsletter
Ho, ho, ho, ho!
Back to my beloved Krakow and making preparations for Christmas Eve, that is: planning the dishes, cakes, family meetings... Although on the Main Market Square of my hometown there is already the Christmas Tree embellished, we are still at home waiting for somebody to make that effort and take out the tree from the basement:) But we have already oplatek (blessed wafer) waiting to be shared with others before the Christmas Eve Dinner. The fish is still not swimming in our bath but soon it will be purchased by my Dad. As my next Newsletter will be sent after Wigilia (Polish traditional Christmas Eve dinner) I would like to wish you all the best for this period. I hope you will spend Christmas with people you love and care for!
Talking about people we care for... the topic of my new article is connected with those who moved abroad. Partly because it was one of topics that I needed to overwrite, and partly because it is Christmas and therefore I think a lot about those who are far away... Recently many of my friends moved out from Poland, just for a while or permanently. They visit their homeland as often as they can, but sometimes it is not enough. Maybe you yourself, your ancestors, relatives or friends went through it or maybe you always wondered what it is like to leave the country you were born and brought up in. Hopefully the article will give you a short overview on the situation of recent Polish immigrants.
Polish immigrants in Great Britain
Joining European Union by Poland brought a lot of changes in the country. One of the most visible ones was a large group of emigrants who fled to Great Britain in search of better life. Through this their reality, as well as reality of Poland, changed.
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Merry Christmas to all of you!
Zdrowych, Wesolych i Pogodnych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!!!
Barbara Swiech, Polish Culture Editor
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