A yearly Easter tradition in Poland, Śmigus-Dyngus is a fun activity for family and friends. Pouring buckets of water on each other is a Polish Easter tradition known as Śmigus-dyngus. It symbolizes the washing away of sins and bad luck, while soaking the girls symbolizes fertility. The belief is that the girls who get soaked on Śmigus-dyngus will marry within the year.
On Śmigus-dyngus, locals don't wear any electronics and keep their important documents and clothes in a safe place. It is helpful to wear old T-shirts if you want to get really wet. You can find cheerful Poles all throughout the city jumping into puddles and throwing buckets of water at each other, and this could be the last time they are allowed to douse themselves with bowls of water before the fasting season is over. Pisanki are decorated with eggs that look really pretty, they are painted with delicate patterns.
Coffee has been known in Poland since the 16th century. It was brought mainly from traders who arrived in Poland from Austria and Italy. Coffee is named after the port of coffee, Yemen, where it was initially imported.
In 1683 Jean Marius Bourgogne served King John Sobieski of Poland a cup of coffee after he defended Vienna from one of Turkey's attacks. After that, the king drank pure coffee every day, which helped him to avoid illness.
The first Krakow Coffee House opened in 1763 on Floriańska Street by Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki. It had one room, which was used by men only. In 1782 Jan Jerzy Przedborski opened the first coffee house in Warsaw which served both men and women.
There are many different varieties of coffee in Poland and each region has its own specialties. Below is a list of the most popular varieties.
Kawa Ciemna - a type of dark roast coffee, usually served with wafers to cleanse the palate, which is quite similar to Italian espresso.
Czarna Wyspa - literally "Black Island", a black coffee made from very dark-roasted coffee beans ground very finely or brewed from finely granulated grounds, used mostly in desserts or as a flavoring for ice cream.
Kawa Gorzka - literally as "bitter" coffee. A mix of sweetened espresso with a small amount of regular black coffee; served in thick small glasses like those used for Cognac. Usually served with pastries like cakes and cookies.
Kawior - a mixture of instant coffee and cocoa powder, served sweetened with sugar or chocolate powder. It tastes like hot chocolate with coffee rather than milk added.
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