Celebrating the Independence Day

Let’s be honest: Poland isn’t the luckiest in the world when it comes to geographical location. It’s been through a lot and one day it was simply wiped off from the European map. It disappeared, but it never died. It lived on in people’s hearts and became independent again after 123 years of partitions (read more about the Polish Struggle for Independence). Those 123 years give the Polish people at least 123 reasons to be proud and celebrate.

November 11 commemorates the day Poland regained its independence. In 1937 it was established the Polish Independence Day, but was celebrated only twice and then the Second World War broke out. After the war, under the Soviets, it was substituted by the National Day of Polish Revival, which was celebrated on June 22 to honor the PKWN Manifesto, a document that put Poland under communist rule. The original Independence Day was restored in 1989 and has been celebrated since then.

On this day Poland becomes all red and white, with lots of flags everywhere and lots of people manifesting their patriotic feelings. There are speeches and ceremonies, parades, marches, and even marathons. You’ll see entire families in the streets, waving their flags. The most important celebrations are held on Piłsudski Square in Warsaw, with the official changing of the guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

November 11 is a national holiday, it is a non-working day in Poland.