Happy Independence Day Poland

Happy Independence Day Poland!

National Independence Day is the most important Polish national holiday. On November 11, 1918, after 123 years of captivity, Poland regained its independence.

The date of 11 November was announced a national holiday in 1937. Since 1939 to 1989, celebration of the holiday was forbidden. After the collapse of communist government, the holiday gained particular significance and it is now a red letter day.

Throughout Poland today there are several different events going on in them.  Bydgoszcz was no different!  We headed out to one of the events that was being held on the main streets here, 
ulica Gdansk. (Fun fact… during WWII occupation of the Germans it was called Adolf Hitler Strassa)
 

We saw a few people dressed from the early 1900's.

We saw a few people dressed from the early 1900′s.

A mini car show of sorts.

A mini car show of sorts.

They had an exhhibit in one of the hotel showing off some old city crests.

They had an exhibit in one of the hotel showing off some old city crests.

Many windows in town looked like this the past couple of days.

Many windows in town looked like this the past couple of days.

Oh, yes!  Pea soup is available.  Guess what we will be eating for lunch?

Oh, yes! Pea soup is available. Guess what we will be eating for lunch?

Lots of men dressed in many different uniforms from the time period as well.

Lots of men dressed in many different uniforms from the time period as well.

They had a few military exhibits through the street too.

They had a few military exhibits through the street too.

 A little antique flea market happening.  Way to busy for me to check it out.

A little antique flea market happening. Way to busy for me to check it out.

This was so neat to see the uniforms that all the men were wearing.

This was so neat to see the uniforms that all the men were wearing.

Now this smelled delicious!!

Now this smelled delicious!!

They even had a few military formations walking down the street.

They even had a few military formations walking down the street.

Lunch break, pea soup to warm us up.

Lunch break, pea soup to warm us up.

A few other people had the same idea.

A few other people had the same idea.

These croissants are only really made for a couple of weeks a year.  More about these good croissants in a upcoming post!

These croissants are only really made for a couple of weeks a year. More about these good croissants in an upcoming post!

One of the many miltiary memorials throughout the city.

One of the many miltiary memorials throughout the city.

They even had the antique tram going today.

They even had the antique tram going today.

"E" checking out the army tank on display.

“E” checking out the army tank on display.

Of course what Polish festival doesn't have suckers for sale?

Of course what Polish festival doesn’t have suckers for sale?

Also on this day, it is customary to eat goose!  Just like we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving in the US, they eat goose today. Who knew?

This is not the holiday going on today……..

In the US it Veteran’s Day!!!  I am a very proud retired military wife, a proud granddaughter of a military veterans, a proud niece of military veterans and a proud sister-in-law to 2 brother-in-laws.  So to all the past and present US military members, THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices.

Here my husband and I at his retirement ceremony!

Here my husband and I at his retirement ceremony!

love kelley
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6 Responses to Happy Independence Day Poland

  1. Dorothy Durkee says:

    “(Fun fact… during WWII occupation of the Germans it was called Adolf Hitler Strassa)”

    Ouch.

  2. crex says:

    Polish folk group Rokiczanka-W moim ogródecku (www.rokiczanka.pl)

  3. caoilte says:

    Hello! I just stumbled upon your blog. My husband and I are moving to Bydgoszcz in a couple of months (we’re currently living in Virginia). I’d love to get in touch with you via email!

  4. Pingback: Time to visit.... Chor Alexandrov (Red Army Choir) Never a Dull Day in Poland

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