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Recipe for Polish potato pancakes known as placki ziemniaczane. Potato pancakes are fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour, egg and onion. You can serve them warm topped with sour cream or sprinkle with sugar. Ingredients: • 6 potatoes • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour • 2 eggs • salt and ground black pepper • 1 onion • 1 cup sour cream Directions: 1. Peel potatoes. Using a food processor or hand shredder grate them. Next peel and grate onion. 2. Put all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix ingredients together: potatoes, eggs and onion. Add sal and pepper to taste. 3. Add flour to stick together in a single mass. 4. Use deep frying pan, add vegetable oil to cover 1/4 inch of it’s depth and heat and wait until oil is hot. 5. Put spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and form circle. Make 3-4 pancakes in the pan. 6. Fry until a side turns golden brown for about 3-5 minutes. Turn them over and fry other side until golden brown. 7. Drain pancakes on paper towels. Then serve them warm topped with sour cream or sprinkle with sugar. Smacznego. Enjoy your meal!

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The Polish Order of Virtuti Militari - the oldest military decorations in the world still in use 🙂 Its motto "Honor and Fatherland" is still so close to the heart of the most Poles <3 The War Order of Virtuti Militari is Poland's highest military decoration for heroism and courage in the face of the enemy at war. It was originally created 225 years ago on 22 June 1792 by Polish King Stanisław II August Poniatowski to commemorate the victorious Battle of Zieleńcec (during the Polish-Russian War in Defence of the Constitution of 1792). Throughout its history, the War Order of Virtuti Militari has shared its country's fate, and has been abolished and reintroduced several times. The order is awarded in five classes either for personal heroism or, to commanders, for leadership. Some of the heroic actions recognized by an award of the Virtuti Militari are equivalent to those meriting the British Victoria Cross or the American Medal of Honor. Throughout the decoration's existence, thousands of soldiers and officers, Polish and foreign (from the United States, England, France, Japan, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Estonia, Yugoslavia, Serbia and Latvia), several cities and one ship have been awarded the Virtuti Militari for valor or outstanding leadership in war. Last award was in 1989. #PolandPresents #Polska #Poland #Pologne #Polen #Polonia #波兰 #Польша #بولندا

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Midsummer's Night Kupała's Night or St Johns Night Poland still shares some traditions with its Slavic and Scandinavian brothers which seem to have some roots in old pagan traditions. The best example of that is probably Kupała Night (Noc Kupały) which is celebrated on the shortest night of the year, generally the night of June 21/22. The night is dedicated to the elements of fire and water, the moon, the sun, love and fertility while the occasion is also a day for perspective lovers to celebrate.While the origins of the name are unclear it is thought to have come from either the Russian word to ‘bathe’, the Slavic goddess of fertility Kupala, or possibly the Indo-European word kump meaning group or community. Whatever its origins, many younger people take the opportunity to celebrate by organizing bonfires with dancing and partying into the night. One tradition sees people jumping over flames to cleanse and protect against evil and bad fortune. The most famous part of the evening however is when young women go down to the river and set wreaths with candles afloat. If the wreath is picked out by a bachelor it signifies imminent marriage. Young women, followed by young men, also head into the woods and forests (on the pretence) of searching for the kwiat paproci (fern flower) a legendary flower which supposedly only blooms on this one night in the year. Anyone who finds it will enjoy good fortune, power, wisdom and wealth. If the young man comes out of the forest wearing the young lady’s wreath this is a sign that the two are joined in love. Noc Kupały is often mixed up with or celebrated jointly with St. John’s Day Eve (Noc Świętojańska) which is celebrated on the evening before the Christian St. John’s Day (June 23/24). It is thought that this holy day originates from the time that the Christians tried to assimilate some pagan celebrations into the Christian calendar. It is believed that as St John made baptism with water so on this evening water would be consecrated to protect against evil and St. John became the celebration’s patron. A mixing of the pagan traditions of Noc Kupały and the religious traditions of Noc Świętojańska seem to have occurred with church attendance and wreath making on the same day not uncommon. Nowadays, in many Polish cities, huge events are organised on St. John’s Eve (June 23) where these traditions meet and include Wianki in Kraków or Cuda Wianki . PL Noc Swiętojańska, Noc Kupały, zwana też Nocą Kupalną, Kupalnocką czy też potocznie Sobótką to nazwa słowiańskiego święta związanego z letnim przesileniem Słońca, obchodzonego w najkrótszą noc w roku z 21 czerwca na 22 czerwca. Przeprowadzane w jej trakcie zwyczaje i obrzędy słowiańskie miały zapewnić świętującym zdrowie i urodzaj. W czasie tej magicznej nocy rozpala się ogniska, w których pali się zioła. W trakcie radosnych zabaw odbywają się różnego rodzaju wróżby i tańce. Dziewczęta puszczają w nurty rzek wianki z zapalonymi świecami." "Dzień Kupały - najdłuższy w roku, noc Kupały - najkrótsza, były jednym ciągiem wesela, śpiewu, skoków i obrzędów." - pisał Józef Ignacy Kraszewski w "Starej Basni" Part of the text via www.inyourpocket.com/poland/Midsummers-Night_72214f Photos via Maciej Bielec, elendilon.pl, m-lednicamuzeum.pl, wiano.eu, Piotr Kras, epoznan.pl, police.pl, muzeum-wegorzewo.pl, culture.pl, goldenline.pl, garnek.pl, lamus dworski, zielarka.com.pl,

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Midsummer's Night Kupała's Night or St Johns Night Poland still shares some traditions with its Slavic and Scandinavian brothers which seem to have some roots in old pagan traditions. The best example of that is probably Kupała Night (Noc Kupały) which is celebrated on the shortest night of the year, generally the night of June 21/22. The night is dedicated to the elements of fire and water, the moon, the sun, love and fertility while the occasion is also a day for perspective lovers to celebrate.While the origins of the name are unclear it is thought to have come from either the Russian word to ‘bathe’, the Slavic goddess of fertility Kupala, or possibly the Indo-European word kump meaning group or community. Whatever its origins, many younger people take the opportunity to celebrate by organizing bonfires with dancing and partying into the night. One tradition sees people jumping over flames to cleanse and protect against evil and bad fortune. The most famous part of the evening however is when young women go down to the river and set wreaths with candles afloat. If the wreath is picked out by a bachelor it signifies imminent marriage. Young women, followed by young men, also head into the woods and forests (on the pretence) of searching for the kwiat paproci (fern flower) a legendary flower which supposedly only blooms on this one night in the year. Anyone who finds it will enjoy good fortune, power, wisdom and wealth. If the young man comes out of the forest wearing the young lady’s wreath this is a sign that the two are joined in love. Noc Kupały is often mixed up with or celebrated jointly with St. John’s Day Eve (Noc Świętojańska) which is celebrated on the evening before the Christian St. John’s Day (June 23/24). It is thought that this holy day originates from the time that the Christians tried to assimilate some pagan celebrations into the Christian calendar. It is believed that as St John made baptism with water so on this evening water would be consecrated to protect against evil and St. John became the celebration’s patron. A mixing of the pagan traditions of Noc Kupały and the religious traditions of Noc Świętojańska seem to have occurred with church attendance and wreath making on the same day not uncommon. Nowadays, in many Polish cities, huge events are organised on St. John’s Eve (June 23) where these traditions meet and include Wianki in Kraków or Cuda Wianki . PL Noc Swiętojańska, Noc Kupały, zwana też Nocą Kupalną, Kupalnocką czy też potocznie Sobótką to nazwa słowiańskiego święta związanego z letnim przesileniem Słońca, obchodzonego w najkrótszą noc w roku z 21 czerwca na 22 czerwca. Przeprowadzane w jej trakcie zwyczaje i obrzędy słowiańskie miały zapewnić świętującym zdrowie i urodzaj. W czasie tej magicznej nocy rozpala się ogniska, w których pali się zioła. W trakcie radosnych zabaw odbywają się różnego rodzaju wróżby i tańce. Dziewczęta puszczają w nurty rzek wianki z zapalonymi świecami." "Dzień Kupały - najdłuższy w roku, noc Kupały - najkrótsza, były jednym ciągiem wesela, śpiewu, skoków i obrzędów." - pisał Józef Ignacy Kraszewski w "Starej Basni" Part of the text via www.inyourpocket.com/poland/Midsummers-Night_72214f Photos via Maciej Bielec, elendilon.pl, m-lednicamuzeum.pl, wiano.eu, Piotr Kras, epoznan.pl, police.pl, muzeum-wegorzewo.pl, culture.pl, goldenline.pl, garnek.pl, lamus dworski, zielarka.com.pl,

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ENTER the WORLD of FAIRY TALE! The Magic Gardens, not only for children 🙂 🙂 🙂 Magiczne Ogrody (Magic Gardens) is a place near Janowiec (Lublin voivodeship) where you and your family can taste a glimpse of fairy tale in the real world. Magiczne Ogrody is the first family theme park in Poland created upon an original fairy tale. When crossing the gates of Magiczne Ogrody, we discover an original and fascinating world inhabited by many strange and magic creatures. The world of Magiczne Ogrody is filled with beautiful scenery, swooshing streams and waterfalls. Among beautiful trees, thousands of flowering bushes and flowers, you will find creatures like: tricky Mordols, old Treants, hard-working Bulbers, friendly Wormers, mysterious Fairies, Magic Birds, valiant Dwarves and Dragons. Walking through the beautiful gardens, with every step we discover playgrounds, places to relax and fields equipped with devices and pieces which stimulate children’s senses, curiosity and creativity. It is a great place where you can be close to nature and to have fun at the same time! In Magiczne Ogrody, children can freely play with fairy tale creatures who are always ready to interact with guests. They know many fun games and the history of the gardens, which they will happily share. Sensory theme park is a great place for both the young and adults. Beautiful surroundings and tons of attractions can let you get away from it all. The atmosphere in Magiczne Ogrody will amaze not only the young, but also their parents. For more information visit: www.magiczneogrody.com #PolandPresents #Polska #Poland #Pologne #Polen #Polonia #波兰 #Польша #بولندا

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