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Polish nuns selling carp to pay for building restoration

ImageNuns at the 13th century abbey in Staniatki, near Krakow, have been rearing carp in two ponds within the grounds of the convent over the last year.

“The buildings require a thorough renovation, otherwise they could collapse,” Mother Superior Stefania Polikowska revealed in an interview with Polish Radio.

Carp is a staple dish on the Polish Christmas table, and Stefania Polikowska says that mercifully, the telephone is now ringing constantly with orders for the fish.

Besides carp farming, the sisters are also selling vegetables, flowers and cakes.

Just eighteen nuns currently live at the convent, which was founded in 1228.

The church of St Mary and St Adalbert, which was completed in 1238, is the oldest hall church (a church with nave and side aisles of equal height) in Poland.

December 17, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Poland’s special day.

KRAKOW TOURS – Since early morning households have been buzzing with last minute preparations for the most festive supper of the entire year – Wigilia – eaten as the first star appears in the night sky.

Today is not a national holiday, though employees will be finishing work early and rushing home to get ready for what awaits.

In the evening family and friends sit down to the Christmas Eve table. And there are certain must-dos which have to be observed during the occasion, regardless of the family’s social and financial status or any additional regional customs.

The table cloth must be impeccably white with a small bundle of hay underneath it. A separate, empty plate should be set for an unexpected guest or exhausted wanderer who may knock on our door.

The Wigilia feast consists of twelve courses, including such delicacies as pierogiuszka and barszcz (various kinds of dumplings with beetroot soup) or fried carp, just to name a few of a whole gamut of possibilities.

However, the whole supper begins with breaking the oplatek, or Christmas wafer and exchanging best wishes among the gathered. Many families still find enough musical courage to engage in singing beautiful Polish carols.

Kids too, have their joyous moments as Santa makes his stop over in Poland on Christmas Eve. To crown the daylong celebrations there is Midnight Mass, which attracts millions of faithful to churches across the country.

December 24, 2010 Posted by | Events, News | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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