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First Stars of Christmas in Poland

What must appear before the Christmas meal and celebrations can begin in Poland?
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On Christmas Eve, people in Poland look up into the night sky to see the first star. They call the star Gwiazda.

When the star appears the whole family sit down to a Christmas feast (wigilia). This begins with the passing round of a thin piece of bread which is called an oplatek. There is a picture of Mary, Joseph and Jesus on the oplatek and each member of the family breaks a piece of it when it reaches them. Usually two empty places are left at the feast table so that if Mary and Joseph were to arrive there would be places for them.

No meat is eaten during the 'wigilia' meal, only different types of fish and other traditional dishes.

Traditional Polish 'wigilia' food includes a poppy seed cake, beet soup, prune dumplings and noodles with poppy seed.

After finishing eating, family and guests stay at the table until everyone is ready and then they leave the table together. This is the result of an old superstition which says that the first to rise will die before the next Christmas Eve.

St Nicholas (Father Christmas) visits on Christmas Eve and leaves his presents under the Christmas tree.

They always have a white Christmas in Poland.

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