Public holidays in Poland

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Holidays in Poland are regulated by the Non-working Days Act of 18 January 1951 (Ustawa z dnia 18 stycznia 1951 o dniach wolnych od pracy; Journal of Laws 1951 No. 4, Item 28). The Act, as amended in 2010, currently defines thirteen public holidays.

Public holidays[edit]

Note: The table below lists only public holidays i.e. holidays which are legally considered to be non-working days.

Date English Name Official Local Name (Informal Local Name) Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Nowy Rok (Nowy Rok)
January 6 Epiphany Objawienie Pańskie (Trzech Króli) in effect since 2011
Sunday in Spring (movable) Easter Sunday pierwszy dzień Wielkiej Nocy (Niedziela Wielkanocna)
Monday following Easter Sunday Easter Monday drugi dzień Wielkiej Nocy (Poniedziałek Wielkanocny)
May 1 Labour Day Święto Państwowe (Święto Pracy) This holiday is not officially called Labour Day (see below), but it is commonly called that and coincides with Labour Day as celebrated internationally on May 1.
May 3 Constitution Day Święto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja (Święto Konstytucji Trzeciego Maja) Celebrating the May 3rd Constitution
7th Sunday after Easter Pentecost Sunday Zesłanie Ducha Świętego (Zielone Świątki) As this holiday always falls on a Sunday, it is not widely known that it is considered a non-working day, as all Sundays are already non-working days and holidays falling on Sunday don't give the right to another free day.
9th Thursday after Easter Corpus Christi Ciała i Krwi Pańskiej (Boże Ciało) This is a Catholic church Holiday
August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Wniebowzięcie Najświętszej Maryi Panny This is also Polish Armed Forces Day (Święto Wojska Polskiego), celebrating the battle of Warsaw in 1920
November 1 All Saints' Day Wszystkich Świętych (Dzień Zmarłych)
November 11 Independence Day Narodowe Święto Niepodległości (Dzień Niepodległości)
December 25 Christmas Day pierwszy dzień Bożego Narodzenia
December 26 Boxing Day drugi dzień Bożego Narodzenia

May Holidays[edit]

Under communist rule, the 1st of May was celebrated as Labour Day with government-endorsed parades, concerts and similar events. Following the 1989 changes, the Sejm decided to keep this day a public holiday but to give it the neutral name of State Holiday. In addition, the 3rd of May was created as Constitution Day. The May holidays (1st, 2nd and 3rd of May) are called "Majówka" in Polish, a pun made from the May month name (it can be translated as May-day picnic[1]).

National holidays[edit]

The following are national holidays in Poland, although they are normally working days:

Former holidays[edit]

  • July 22 - National Day of the Rebirth of Poland, set on the anniversary of the PKWN Manifesto's signing.

Other observances[edit]

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