Polish Traditions: Święconka

Written by on April 3, 2021

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 samples of Easter foods. The baskets are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. According to the tradition blessed food remains untouched until Sunday morning, when served during Easter breakfast.

The foods in the baskets have a symbolic meaning:

colorful eggs – symbolize life and Christ’s resurrection

bread – symbolic of Jesus

lamb (made of butter or sugar) – represents Christ

salt – represents purification

horseradish – symbolic of the bitter sacrifice of Christ

ham or link of sausage – symbolic of joy and abundance

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