Chris and Lidia: recalled many meories of Polish traditions Polish Easter Customs
Easter observances in Poland actually begin on Ash Wednesday, when pussywillows called in polish "bazie" or "kotki" are cut and placed in the water.
Growing up, Easter was the worst of times, the best of times. We children were expected to fast as strictly as our parents for Lent. That meant no sweets, no meat on Wednesdays and Fridays, and lots of church services.
The reward for 40 days of "giving things up" was a great feast after Mass on Easter Sunday. As you might expect, a feast takes a lot of preparation so, from Holy Thursday on, our house was busy with kielbasa making babka or chalka baking, egg dying, and lamb cake making.
BBQ Polish Style
Blessing of the Easter Basket Foods