Welcome to From Sorrow to Joy— Od Żalu do Radości, a celebration of the music, customs, and traditions of Poland and Polish America during Lent and Easter.
Over the course of two one hour parts, we’ll learn about the Polish celebrations during this time of year…from right before the first bite of Pącki on the days before Ash Wednesday, through the Wielki Post to the time when the last pussy willow is brandished on Dyngus Day, this is the time of year that ranges from the most solemn to the most joyous. With song and story, we’ll share the events of the season and explain their importance to the Polish community, the Catholic tradition, and American and Canadian culture.
Funding for this WNED Classical program is provided by The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College.
Your host is Eileen Koteras Elibol with commentary by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of Polish Customs, Traditions & Folklore and Father Czesław Krysa, Rector of St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo.
Listen to Part One: Lent
Listen to Part Two: Part Two: Holy Week and Easter
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