It's All About Tradition!
The traditions brought to Canada by new immigrants only add to the beauty of each and every celebration.
One of the most well-known Polish Easter traditions is Pisanki, the 5,000 year old art of hand painted Easter eggs. Painted in the batik style, patterns are drawn onto the eggs in wax. The eggs are then immersed in natural dyes, taken out and heated to remove the wax leaving behind beautiful intricate patterns.
Those along with many other handmade artifacts make Easter very beautiful.
The Easter Meal!
Today we’ve also learned how important the traditional Easter meals are as well.
On the Saturday of the Easter weekend a small basket of food to be served next day is taken to the church to be blessed.
The basket contains Pisanki, sausage or ham, a piece of cake and a sugar lamb.
Sunday morning is a cold breakfast of ham, sausage, roast meats, pate, eggs, horseradish relish and of course Babka (Sweet yeast cake)!
There may also be treats of Sernik (cheesecake) or Mazurek (Shortbread cakes), to name a couple.
Have you Ever!!!
On a more amusing note is the practice of Smigus-Dyngus or National Water Fight Day on Easter Monday. Maybe not practiced here as much, but still going strong in Poland!
Check Out Polski Deli!!
Polski Deli at 555 Mapleview Dr. West can sure help lighten the work load of getting ready for the holidays!
Whether you favor the meats and/or cheeses from the deli or delectable cakes and pastries – as the holiday comes closer there is so much to choose from.
Don’t wait just for the holidays though. Polski Deli always has a great variety of European staples; pickles, jams, sauces, cookies, coffee and of course CHOCOLATE! Remember to make a list so nothing is forgotten!
And the Kids Say...
The neighboring school children tell us that “Polski’s has the best sandwiches on the west side of town and a great hot table too!”
Owner, Joanna would like to give a huge virtual Thank you to every customer as well as the landlord – the Skandalakis family, and property manager, Kevin Lowe for all their support over the last year!
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott