Easter time in my polish family

On Easter we always spend time with my grandparents. It’s really joyful.


Before Easter my mother always plant RZEŻUCHA (cress). It’s a small green plan that we are eating on Easter. Me and my brother every year are coloring and painting eggs. We do it as we want and we are eating the eggs which we prepared before. In shops you can find a “T-shirt for eggs”. It’s made from plastic and it was some easter drawings, you have to just “dress up” the egg in this, put it to hot water and it will stick to the egg.

TIP: when you want to color an egg naturally you can boil them with a dry covering of an onion. If you want them to be purple or dark pink – you should boil eggs with beetroot. Gold color you can get if you add turmeric to boiling water. Spinach will give green color to the egg’s shell.


KOSZYCZEK WIELKANOCNY/ŚWIĘCONKA (Easter bucket): usually we are putting there salt, slice of bread, meat, lamb (it’s a cake made in a lamb shape), horseradish, butter  and of course eggs, which we prepared before. A day before Easter (so on Holy Saturday) we are going to the church and the priest is blessing easter buckets.

Also day before Easter my mother sometimes is making PASCHA. It’s sweet dish like a dessert.

Recipe for Pascha:


  • 1 kilo of white cheese
  • 250 g of butter
  • 1 cup of powder sugar
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • ½ spoon of lemon skin
  • 5 yolks
  • 50 g almonds (pilled)
  • 50 g of dry figs or apricot
  • 100 g of raisins
  • Carmelised orange
  • Optionally one spoon of alcohol

Mix butter with powder sugar, vanilla sugar and lemon skin until you get smooth cream. Then one by one gently mixing you have to add egg yolks. Now you can add white cheese. Then you have to but dried fruits and nuts (if you are adding alcohol you have to put raisins in alcohol and then soak them). All this cream you have to put on kitchen leno above the bowl and cover it by plate. You have to leave it in the fridge for whole night. After night you have to just take cream off on a plate. Ready to eat!

On Easter Sunday I eat a breakfast with my family. We are eating those food from Easter bucket + cress, sausages, more bread and some vegetables.

When we are visiting our family on Easter we are bringing them an egg and we share it (like Christmas wafer on Christmas time :)) and we are eating common lunch. My granny is making horseradish soup but I don’t like it, UGH!

When I was young an Easter bunny was hiding me gifts in the garden and every year I had to looking for them. It was so much fun for me but it was really difficult to find sometimes. We are keeping this tradition till now. Of course now I know that my grandparents were hiding those gifts 😀

Something about ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS (So Easter Monday)

We have tradition that people are throwing a water on each other as a symbol of joy and happiness (usually boys are throwing water on girls which they like). Nowadays everybody are doing that for fun 😀 It was always a lot of mess when we were doing that in a house and we had to wipe the floor and my mother was screaming that we are destroying the house hahaha! You can use a bucket to this or buy special water pistols in a store. Try it! It’s only legal occasion to do that and nobody will be that mad to be wet ;p but better do it outside 🙂

Did you like polish easter tradition? Try everything, it’s so special 🙂

Martyna from Poland, volunteer in Special Need School no 4 in Sosonowiec



Author: European Volunteers in Poland

A blog curated by volunteers taking part in European Solidarity Corps initiative in Poland and coordinated by Active Woman Association

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