Swieconka

The blessing of the Easter food, or the 'Swieconka' is a tradition that is very dear to the heart of every Pole. He is grateful to God for all his gifts of nature and grace, and as a token of this gratitude, has the food sanctified with the hope that when spring comes, the season of the Resurrection, he will also be blessed by God's goodness and mercy.

Traditions vary from each  individual village and each individual family. They have changed and evolved with each passing generation. Traditionally the food is brought to the church in a basket which is decorated with a colourful ribbon and sprigs of greenery are attached, with a linen cover over the top and blessed by the parish priest on Holy Saturday morning. If it is absolutlay necessary the food can also be blessed at home. After the blessing, the food is usually set aside until Easter morning when the head of the house shares the blessed egg, symbol of life, with his family and friends. Having exchanged wishes they all continue to enjoy the meal.

The foods traditionally blessed by a priest for Easter can be placed in three categories.

Each of the foods has a deep and symbolic meaning

In some regions a candle is also inserted into the basket to represent Christ, the Light of the World.

This centuries old custom is indeed very symbolic and has a deep spiritual meaning.

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