For many of us Christmas has become an entirely commercial holiday. However, this is not the case for Liverpool Polish community, which – the same as last year – will organise in December two events that are free and open to everyone.
During those meetings you will get a chance to experience Christmas customs and traditions, originating from both Polish and British culture.
In partnership with the World Museum Merseyside Polonia would like to invite you and your families for an exciting day of arts and crafts inspired by the Polish Christmas traditions. Saturday, 8th December 2012, 11am – 4pm World Museum Liverpool, Weston Discovery Centre.
Already on the 4th of December, a Polish-English Christmas Eve will take place at the Academy of St Francis of Assisi in Kensington at 6.30 in the evening. It will be the fourth meeting of this kind, where – in a group of around 150 guests – Liverpool Polonia will meet local community and representatives of both Liverpool council and Polish government in order to share with them symbolic Christmas wafer.
To honour the tradition, there will be a chance to taste both Polish and local dishes and to make an attempt at Christmas carols’ singing.
Gosia McKane, the founder of Merseyside Polonia, comments on the event: ‘Our mission is to improve relations between Polish people living in Merseyside and local community. Christmas is a perfect opportunity to share our rich culture with everyone around and also to familiarise ourselves with other customs and traditions’.
The second December display of Polish culture will constitute of Family Christmas Workshop, already well-known among the youngsters; it will take place on Saturday the 8th of December between 11.00 and 16.00 in World Museum, Weston Discovery Centre. During this event both children and adults will be invited to take part in preparing hand-made cards and Christmas tree decorations, there will also be a presentation about Polish Christmas traditions.
The project manager Ola Kania says: ‘We want to give everyone a chance to have a try at artistic handcrafting. For families, it will be an opportunity to spend priceless time together, which will stay in their memories forever and can’t be replaced by the most expensive gifts. We should remember that Christmas is so much more than today’s omnipresent commercialism’.
Therefore, what’s left is to pull yourself out of winter doldrums and come to the Christmas meetings with Merseyside Polonia. Commercialism in short supply, but instead plenty of traditional Polish food, games and unforgettable experience are guaranteed. Let’s start together when the first star appears in the sky and join Christmas Carols in English and polish sharing magical evening that fills us with joy and good wishes for the New Year.
Come along and enjoy a mixture of traditional English and Polish fayre from mince pies and mulled wine to polish barszcs and Uszka, and mix with special guests, Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar and
Consul General of the Republic of Poland Mr. Lukasz Lutostanski