In Poland, like in every country there are some non-working days in a year. It means that shopping malls, government offices, banks, and public institutions are closed. It is important to bear in mind that the public transport operates due to the weekend timetable.
- 1st January – New Year’s Day – it marks the beginning of a new year.
- 6th January – Epiphany – it commemorates the three wise kings’ visit to the infant Jesus.
- *Easter Sunday and Easter Monday – they are considered the most important holidays for Christians who celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
- *Whit Sunday – seven weeks after Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirt to the Jesus’s disciples.
- 1st May – Labour Day – people celebrate the achievements of workers. This day has its origins in the labour union movement.
- 3rd May – Constitution Day – it marks the enactment of the Polish Constitution, the first in Europe and second in the world, which came into effect on 3rd May, 1791.
- *Corpus Christi – this feast is always celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. On that day, one can observe street processions of Christians.
- 15th August – Day of Assumption and Polish Armed Forces Day – it is both a religious and public holiday commemorating the Battle of Warsaw in 1920 against Soviet Russia. On that day, in Warsaw, there is a large military parade in the city centre.
- 1st November – All Saints’ Day – people visit cemeteries showing their respect and remembrance for their ancestors
- 11th November – Independence Day – it marks the independence of the Polish state after 123 years of rule by Austria, Russia and Prussia as a consequence of three partitions in 1772, 1793 and 1795.
- 25th and 26th December – the first and second days of Christmas commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
* movable dates