How do the people of Poland bid farewell to winter?
- Drive winter off by chanting ancient songs
- The Drowning of Marzanna festival
Drowning of Marzanna festival is a Polish festival that predates Christian celebrations. Marzanna represents the winter, and an effigy doll made of rags or straw represents Marzanna for the festival. The effigy stands for the cold, harshness of winter. Burning Marzanna symbolizes the beckoning of springtime to come. To be rid of the negative aspects of Marzanna, festival goers toss the burned remains into a river or lake to symbolically drown. Source: WarringtonLSCB.org
- Polish sausage-eating contests nationwide
- The Wet Monday holiday