POLISH CUSTOMS TRDTNS FLKLRE / Edition 2

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Overview

Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore is organized by months beginning with December and Advent, St. Nicholas Day, the Wigilia (Christmas Eve) nativity plays, caroling and then New Year celebrations. It proceeds from the Shrovetide period to Ash Wednesday, Lent, the celebration of spring, Holy Week customs then superstitions, beliefs and rituals associated with farming, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, midsummer celebrations, harvest festivities, wedding rites, nameday celebrations, birth and death rituals. Line illustrations enhance this rich and varied treasury of folklore. Many of the customs and traditions found herein are extinct even in today's Poland. World wars, massive immigration, the loss of the oral tradition, urbanization and politics have changed the face of a once agrarian people and their accompanying life style. In the U.S., the desire for membership within the "melting pot," marriages outside one's ethnic group, movement to the suburbs away from the "old" communities where customs and traditions were once strong, further weakened the link. Although the purpose and meaning may have been lost and forgotten, the oczepiny ceremony (the unveiling) is still the mainstay of almost every wedding where the bride declares Polish heritage. Many Polish American communities still reenact the harvest celebrations, reminding themselves of their ancestors' reverence for the grains and gifts of bread. Eight million Americans still claim their ancestry as Polish, many still diligently practicing that which they learned at their parents' and grandparents' knees. Much has also been neglected or completely forgotten.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781805155
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 371,789
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Introduction 17
December 21
Advent
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Caroling
January 57
New Year's Eve
Feast of Three Kings
February 65
Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Mother
March 71
Carnival Time
Lent
April 95
Palm Sunday
Holy Week
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday/Dingus
May 117
May Day Celebrations
Green Holidays
June 129
Feast of Corpus Christi
Celebration of the Summer Solstice
July 139
Linden Tree
August 145
Harvest Home Celebrations
Feast of Our Lady of the Herbs
Herbs
September 179
Wedding Customs and Traditions
October 217
Old Woman's Summer
Name Day Celebrations
November 225
All Souls Day
Feast Day of St. Martin
Feast of St. Andrew and St. Katherine
Birth Customs 235
Death Customs 257
Traditional Polish Games and Pastimes for Children 281
Bibliography 312
Ethnographic Regions 317
Pronunciation Guide 319
Brief Glossary of Terms 320
Index 322
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