Constitution Day is an official public holiday in Poland.
On May 3, 1791, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s constitution was adopted. It was the first constitution in modern Europe and second in the world, following the American one. It was a significant achievement of the Polish Enlightenment thinkers.
May 3 was established as a holiday only days after the constitution was passed by the Grand Sejm (Polish Parliament). It was later suspended for many years due to the country’s partitioning, but was reinstituted after Poland regained its freedom in 1918. After World War II, in 1946, the communist authorities banned the holiday’s public celebration. The holiday was officially cancelled in 1951. Since 1990 the May 3 holiday has again been celebrated as an official statutory holiday in Poland.
Constitution Day is part of a holiday season known as Majówka, which also includes the May 1/Labor Day holiday. It is celebrated with military parades, spring concerts and family picnics. Many people also gather at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza) at the Piłsudski Square in Warsaw. The monument is dedicated to unknown soldiers who gave their lives for Poland.
Another Christmas season means another Christmas Eve vigil (Wigilia). This year, PACT and TPGS (Toledo Polish Genealogy Society) once again teamed up to mark the most important day of the Christmas season for Polish people. Wigilia traditions this year included lighting of the first candle, sharing of oplatek, and a meatless meal of traditional Polish dishes. Guest speaker Lidia Ebersole gave us a look into Wigilia in Poland. She is a native of Poland and has spent 26 years celebrating Christmas in her homeland. Now as a citizen of the US, she shared her in depth knowledge and experience of the traditions her family follows during this most sacred time. She also shared many of her personal pictures of Christmas in Poland. Stan Machosky and Jackie Konwinski were the emcees of the evening and Gayle Sparagowski worked tirelessly in the kitchen to deliver a delicious meal. Kolendy (Christmas Carols) were lead by Rob Szczublewski, John Drozdowski and Lidia Ebersole. Thank you to all who helped with the preparations for this year’s Wigilia and to John Drozdowski for taking photos.
October is Polish Heritage Month; a great time to learn more about your Polish Heritage.
Knowledge is power! Read these books to learn more about your local Polish heritage and customs. Learn interesting facts about the people who settled in the Toledo and surrounding area.
Honoring Our Polish Ancestors, donated by Toledo Polish Genealogical Society
Toledo‘s Polonia, Rev. Richard Philiposki with the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society
Treasured Polish Christmas Customs and Traditions
My Homemade Polish Recipes, Anna Zaremba
Adam Grant, Figure Master, A collection of painting by Toledo’s Adam Grochowski Grant
Polish Pride Recipe Book, donated by Toledo Polish Genealogical Society
Life’s Journey by Eugene Bak
American Origionals. Northwest Ohio’s Polish Community at Home, Work and Play by UT Press
Cornerstones “The Polish in Toledo” video by WTVG Public Broadcasting in Toledo
Call 419-841-2902 to purchase tickets for Dozynki or for more information. Or send your check payable to Toledo-Poznan Alliance to Rosalie Hinde, 7402 Caracole Ct., Sylvania, Ohio, 43560.
The music line up for the festival is:
Friday, May 18th: Dynabrass from 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Saturday, May 19th: Duane Malinowski from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Echoes of Poland from 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Randy Krajewski and Badinov from 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Sunday, May 20th: Polka Mass at 11:00AM with Kielbasa Kings
Kielbasa Kings from 1:00 to 5:00PM
Visit our festival website often for all information about the festival. http://www.toledopolishfestival.org/ New information will continually be updated! Like us on facebook: fb/Toledo Polish American Festival.
The Polish American Community of Toledo and Toledo Poznan Alliance are proud to announce the 2017 Scholarship winners. Each winner will receive $1,000.00 toward their college tuition.
This year’s winners are:
Alexander Zuchowski. Alex will be a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati this fall. Alex is the 2017 recipient of an Engineering and Applied Sciences Freshman Scholastic Award and the 2017 President’s award for Educational Excellence. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Marching and Concert Band at the University. Alex dances in the famous Echoes of Poland dance group.
Chase Mackiewicz. Chase will be a sophomore at Perrysburg High School this year. He is on the honor roll and a recipient of a Toledo Youth Orchestra Scholarship. He also participates on the Perrysburg H.S. Track Team. He is the 5th generation Mackiewicz to play in the fabulous Toledo based Polish American Concert band (trumpet).
Marie Nitkiewicz. Marie attends Bowling Green State University, studying to be a high school history teacher. She is a multiple Americanism and Government Test Winner (2014 and 2015), a member of Future Teachers of America (2014 and 2015) and active in the Education Learning Community (2016-2017).
Nathan Oblizajek. Nathan will be a sophomore at Ohio Northern University in the Pharmacy Doctorate Program. He is a National Honor Society Member (2014-2016), a Bishop’s Cross Recipient (2016) and has received an outstanding Science Student Award (2016). He regularly volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
Get your taste buds ready for another great Kielbasa Cook Off sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo. This year the cook off will be held on Saturday, May 6th at St. Clement Community Center, 2990 Tremainsville Rd. Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the PACT/Toledo Poznan Alliance Scholarship Competition, which has awarded more than $17,000 to students over the past five years. Proceeds will also help the capital campaign to develop a Polish community center in the Toledo area.
There is still room for more contestants. If you are interested in competing in this event, call Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811 or email us at email@example.com. The deadline to enter is April 15th.
Check our website and facebook page for more information and updates in the near future.
PACT, along with the Polish Cultural Center (PCC) Advisory Board is encouraging everyone to donate to our PCC campaign. Last year we raised over $3,000. The sponsors, the Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade, were kind enough to match our donations up to $1,000!
We are asking you to share the PCC website on your facebook page or email it to your friends and ask them to support our efforts.
You can go online to www.polishculturalcenter.com to donate. Please consider making a donation. Thank You!