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    Christmas in Poland

    Boże Narodzenie w Polsce
    November 17, 2018 to February 3, 2019.

    Christmas in Poland | Knights of Columbus Museum

    The celebration of Jesus’ birth on December 25 is celebrated around the globe, with distinct customs and art forms in various countries and regions. For the 14th consecutive year, the Knights of Columbus Museum is showcasing the art and traditions of a world region as the focus of its annual Christmas exhibition.

    The Polish observance of Christmas is rich in tradition. Festivities begin December 24 with a Christmas Eve Dinner, known as wigilia, and continue through February 2 with the celebration of Candlemas. Music and art are a significant part of Christmas celebrations. Singing kolêdy (Polish carols) and making szopki (Polish Nativity scenes) are among the many activities associated with the holiday.

    Also noteworthy is that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the reestablishment Polish independence following World War I. The Knights of Columbus Museum has an exhibit on the “Great War” too.

    Christmas in Poland features more than 100 items, some from the museum’s own collection. Also included are crèches on loan from the Glencairn Museum (Pennsylvania), the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton (Ohio), the Loyola University Museum of Art (Illinois), the Museum of International Folk Art (New Mexico), Museo del Presepio of Rome/Italian Friends of the Crèche Association and private collectors.

    The museum will also feature its annual Christmas Tree Festival, beginning December 1, 2018. This popular display of two dozen Christmas Trees highlights the imagination and talent of Connecticut elementary schoolchildren who create handmade ornaments and trim in their classrooms then travel to the museum to decorate a school tree in the theme of the Christmas exhibit.

    Mark your calendar for these exhibit-related events.

    Christmas Tree Festival Opening Celebration
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Live music by the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers
    Christmas crafts • Refreshments

    Co Kraj, To Obiczaj • A Country Is Its Customs
    Polish Christmas Tradition from Advent to Candlemas
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 • 2 p.m.
    Presentation by Marek Czarnecki

    Christmastime Family Day
    Sunday, December 30, 2018 • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Live music by Joyful Noise
    Children’s crafts • Refreshments

    Christmas in Song
    Traditional Polish Christmas Carols
    Sunday, January 13, 2019 • 2:30 p.m.
    Performance by the Moniuszko Choir