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Culture Class: Holidays in Poland, Lesson 14 - Children's Day
Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Poland Series at PolishPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Polish holidays and observances. I’m Michael, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 14- Children's Day. In Polish, it’s called Dzień Dziecka.
In this lesson, we will discuss the celebration of Children's Day in Poland, held every year on June 1st.
Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-
How are Polish Children's Day and brushing your teeth related to each other?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
In Poland, Children's Day has been celebrated since 1950. It is also celebrated on June 1 in a number of neighboring countries, including Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus and Ukraine. Since it isn’t a national holiday, children, or dzieci, do have to go to school. However, schools usually choose to forego lessons on this day, instead opting to hold a variety of games or gry, exhibitions, workshops, and competitions.
A very typical way to celebrate Children's Day, particularly in middle schools and high schools, is by holding sport tournaments, or zawody. Sometimes these tournaments are traditional, including events such as the relay, the long jump event, or the 10-meter dash, and sometimes they get more original, involving fun activities like tug of war, three-legged races, or hula-hoop competitions. Often, each class is responsible for the organization of a certain activity or contest, in Polish called konkurs.
Since 1994, the Parliament of Children and Youth has also been held on Children’s Day. This is a mock Polish parliament made up of high school students, who are selected on the basis of an essay competition on a given subject. The topics of the previous meetings were, among others, democracy in schools, ecology, volunteering, dream members of parliament, and Poland’s response to globalization. Poland is the first country in Europe to organize such a venture.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
How are Polish Children's Day and brushing your teeth related to each other?
Since many children don't like brushing their teeth very much, as a special treat, parents tend to let their children skip brushing their teeth before bedtime on Children's Day.
So listeners, how did you like this lesson? Did you learn anything interesting?
Is there a special way of celebrating Children’s Day in your country?
Leave us a comment telling at PolishPod101.com
And I’ll see you in the next lesson!