Old and new traditions interweave in Gdansk…
Coming to Gdansk late October/beginning November? Wonder how to spend time and what’s going on in the city? We’ll help you to know Polish traditions!
Halloween is a custom known world-wide. Those who celebrate, change into ghostly costumes and kids quest for sweets with a famous “trick or treat”. This customs is bound to All Saints’ Day and is celebrated on 31st of October.
How does the situation look in Poland? Poles, in general, are skeptical about this holiday. Probably because it was introduced only lately. Hundreds of years ago, people in Poland celebrated „Dziady” – a feast in honor of the dead to gain their favour, especially when it came to fertility. Today, this custom is long forgotten and extremely rarely celebrated. The most important day is the 1st of November – All Saints’ Day, a day that is commemorating the dead who were raptured. On this day everyone visit graves of their gone relatives and friends where they light symbolic candles. It’s a day of memory and contemplation. Because it’s one of the most important days, it’s vital to remember that on that very day all shops and malls in Poland are closed, as well as museums.
How to spend Halloween in Poland? We have some suggestions...
Whole last weekend in October, special Halloween food will be served in some restaurants – like at “Gdanski Bowke”. Chef Marcin Faliszek will be serving a warm pumpkin cream soup with ginger and seeds and a goose in chocolate souse with carrots, lavender smoked potatoes and marinated pumpkin. Those dishes can be also prepared by you, as the recipes were shared by the chef.
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The grim Halloween menu can also be found at Eliksir restaurant. First of all – live music. Secondly, all dressed in horror outfits will receive a special surprise - a cocktail from bartender. Thirdly, a special menu with dishes like cow heart, fondat on duck’s blood or cocktail the colour of blood with iron-mineral taste, gained through addition of silicon and fresh bloody oranges. Up to the challenge?
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Stadium Energa Gdansk, which already was decked as a Halloween pumpkin, prepared something extra for all those who like to fear, on Friday 28th of October. First – a grim sightseeing tour from evening till morning. Guides will show you darkest corners of the stadiums. We wonder what they might be hiding… Stadium cell, pitch rim and cloakrooms – it’s best to step extra carefully on that day! It’s also a good idea to take flashlights with you, because it may very well be the only source of light on that horrifying trip. At the top of that, a special “scary party” for the kids will start at 17.00.
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Many attractions are available to all those who visit viewing wheel – Amber Sky. You can ride one gondola with a Wight or take a photo in a… coffin. Face painting, competitions and snacks will be waiting for youngsters. All dressed in horror costumes, will get a ride discount of 10%. Music, decorations and bloody-red colour of the wheel will make your scary experience complete.
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How about a party like in the 80-ties? Brudershaft is one of Gdansk’s pub located by Długa Street, close to the Golden Gate. Saturday evening, crazy music will take you back in time – to the kingdom of synthesizers, vivid colours and polyamide clothes. The party starts at 21.00 and is definitely a great idea to spend Halloween in Gdansk.
Also, how about VHS Halloween? That’s an offer of B90 club and VHS Hell team. 31st of October, at Elektryków Street, at 18.30 a horror marathon will commence. All from long forgotten VHS cassettes! What’s most fascinating about that? Perhaps the fact, that dialogues will be improvised by actors live! A contest for the best costume is also planned and after screening – Halloween party.
Once you’re done partying, how about some time of reverie and contemplation...
If you’re in Gdansk and want to light a symbolic candle, to commemorate the dead, we suggest visiting the “graveyard of all non-existent graveyards” which is close to the path that leads to “Hail Hill” and “Corpus Christi” Church. It commemorates all graveyards in Gdansk, which were destroyed after II World War. It’s also a unique experience to visit any graveyard in Poland on the evening on 1st of November. Thousands of candles light normally dark surroundings creating an unforgettable ambiance.