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A Polish Wedding

Posted by Tim Firkowski
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on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 in Poland


phoca thumb l dsc02468I was honored at the opportunity to have been invited to my 2nd cousin's wedding while I was in Poland. There are some differences in the traditions of weddings in Poland versus those in the US. There are also differences of tradition between weddings in smaller villages and bigger cites, along with differences between regions within Poland. Basically what I am trying to say is that a person can come across a wide variety of versions of polish weddings.

Prior to the wedding which was took place in northern Poland, I was in the southeast part of Poland. I had a 9 hour drive to get up north and since I did not get started on my trip until about noon, I arrived very late on the day that the pre wedding events took place.

 

phoca thumb l dsc02463The first night of the wedding festivities was on Friday (the day I drove 9 hours) and I was not able to attend because of arriving so late. I will explain to you what went on that first night as how it was explained to me. The first night they have "the breaking of the bottles" along with a lot of eating good food and lots of drinking of vodka. From what I understand, the bride has a whole bunch of glass bottles and gets to throw them and break them. OK you say... whats all that about? Trust me... I wondered the same thing. I asked someone about this tradition later during my visit to Poland and this is what was explained to me.

Although it is not exactly clear why the bottles are broken (even though everyone does it) it has two strong possible explanations, maybe even a combination of the two.

The first is that the bride breaks the bottles to make a lot of noise and announce to the neighbors that she is now unavailable to possible suitors. The second explanation was that it was a possible symbolism of the bride losing her virginity. 

I will continue my story on Polish wedding traditions in futures posts as the activies for the wedding span four days. 

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