One of Poland’s most beloved baritones was laid to rest this past Saturday. A man whose voice touched generations of people through his lengthy repertoire of songs: some cheesy, some flirty, some serious, but all sung straight from the heart. I’m not going to pretend like I’m qualified enough to write an article dissecting the […]

Name Day For centuries throughout Polish history, name days (or imieniny) have been even more important than one’s birthday. That’s because Polish calendars list different saints  associated with an each day of the year. This tradition was so significant that Polish immigrants migrating to the United States in the 1800s often gave their name day as […]

One of the craziest Polish traditions is Wet Monday – also known as Śmigus Dyngus! It is an ancient pagan tradition held in Poland on the Easter Monday. On this day, boys try to catch girls by surprise by splashing them with water. It has its roots in old Slavic traditions of throwing water on […]

In Poland, święconka or “the blessing of the Easter baskets” is very important tradition on Holy Saturday. This tradition dates back to the 7th century, when was a form of a pagan ritual. Nowadays Easter basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood and filled with […]

In an era where most major popstars have foresaken the art of album arrangement, AJR brings an album that can be enjoyed through its chart-topping singles or as an album listening experience.  Look – I have to preface this review by saying that I’m probably seeing it (at least partially) through rose-colored glasses. That’s because […]

The tradition of decorating the eggs for Easter was present on the Polish lands throughout the centuries. Pisanki are usually made during the Holly Week, Pisanki are then added into special Easter baskets along with other symbolic food products, and blessed on the Holy Saturday in churches. According to tradition, pisanki should be eaten on Easter Sunday […]

Polish Traditions: Palm Sunday (Niedziela Palmowa) Palm Sunday – the day commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem – is an important celebration that occurs one week before Easter. Tradition dictates that “palms” be brought to church on this day to be blessed. Yet what happens when palms don’t grow in your country? In Poland, this […]

Part of our Women’s History Month series about Chicago women musicians. For part one of this series, click here.   Blog #4 – Emily Blue Emily Blue posing for the announcement of her project “The Afterlove” To wrap up the end of Women’s History Month,  I thought it’d be nice to choose an independent artist […]

Marzanna is the Polish name for a Slavic goddess associated with death, winter and nature. Every year, on the first day of spring, people would make an effigy, set it on fire, and then drown it in a river. The aim of this pagan ritual is to chase off winter and encourage the return of springtime.  Marzanna […]

Part of our Women’s History Month series about Chicago women musicians. For part one of this series, click here.   Jennifer Hudson performing at Aretha Franklin’s Tribute Concert, 2020.  When someone mentions the name Jennifer Hudson, what word first comes to mind? An incredible voice? A beautiful actress? Or perhaps super-star, fashionista, or philanthropist?  This phenomenal […]

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