Here are some of the images of the Wigilia Celebration of 2019. Thank you to all that came out to celebrate Christmas with The Polish American Community of Toledo and Toledo Poznan Alliance. Thank you to John Drozdowski for the wonderful photos and leading the Polish Christmas carols!
PACT and TPA are proud to announce this year’s Christmas Eve traditional “Wigilia” Celebration. The word “Wigilia” comes from the Latin word “VIGILARE” – to await.
This year’s celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania. Doors open at 5:00 and Wigilia program and dinner start at 5:30.
The Wigilia Celebration includes:
Lighting of the First Candle
Reading of the Passage of the Birth of Christ
Sharing of Oplatek
Meatless Meal of Traditional Polish Food
Explanation of Wigilia Traditions
Singing Traditional Polish Christmas Carols (Koledy)
Price: $15 PACT or TPA members, $20 Non-members,
$10 Children age 5-12 , Children under 5 Free
Tickets must be pre-paid. You may send your check into PACT,
P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania OH, 43560
Be sure to write “Wigilia” in the memo on your check and include a telephone number.
Call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 with your questions
Call Tim at 419-410-6167 or Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The first inductees into the Polish Hall of Fame were recognized at a dinner at Brandywine Country Club on Saturday, November 17th. The awards reflect recipients who have excelled in the fields of faith, family, labor and culture. “The goal is to preserve the rich history of Polish immigrants that built a strong foundation in northwest Ohio to earn a living, practice our faith, and raise a family. It was with great honor that we celebrated the inductees and their contribution to our Polish heritage and culture.
The stories and their names will be enshrined in the Northwest Ohio Polish Cultural Center when built. The proceeds from this evening will go towards making that dream a reality.
It is not too late to donate to the efforts to help build a center that will house not only relics of our past, but offer activities and programs to celebrate our culture today and tomorrow!
Please consider of making a donation to help preserve our history and to celebrate our Polish culture in Northwest Ohio.
In the category of Faith:
Sr. Ann Klimkowski and John Augustyniak
In the category of Family: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Smigielski and The Walinski Family (Richard, Thaddeus, Nicholas, and Nicholas Jr.)
In the category of Entertainment/Culture: Paulina Ortyl and Marty Blaszczyk
In the category of Labor/Work: Joe Szenderski and Lorraine Kwiatkowski
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