St. Martin’s Day in Poland

Last week here in Poland there was a special holiday called St. Martin’s Day, which also was the same day as Poland’s Independence Day.

St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 throughout Europe. It celebrates the end of the growing season and the beginning of harvesting. It is also a Catholic holiday too as it is named after a saint but I am not Catholic so I am not sure the whole scoop on it.

We celebrated it when we lived in The Netherlands with homemade lanterns and the children parading around with them and eating these bread rolls in the shape of a person.

In Poland we learned about their unique tradition on this holiday, rogale swietomarcinki or simply marcinki.  These crescent-shaped pastries filled with poppy seeds and almond paste are consumed by the hundreds if not the thousands. 

I even found them for sale along the street on the big day.

I even found them for sale along the street on the big day.

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Maricinki

This looks so amazing!!  So not on my diet but I had to try 1 bite.

This looks so amazing!! So not on my diet but I had to try 1 bite.

Yet another perk of living in Poland learning about the unique traditions here!

What is your favorite holiday food to eat? Me, green bean casserole on Thanksgiving!

love kelley
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