CLARK — The Polish Cultural Foundation invites the community to its annual Polish Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at 177 Broadway in Clark. The Polish American Folk Dance Company of Brooklyn, N.Y. will lead the festival program with their presentation of the harvest with folk dances and humorous folk songs.
There will be plenty of Polish ethnic food available as well as a cash bar with Polish beer and spirits. The foundation has invited a selection of Polish businesses to the event, which will have concessions available with Polish historical artifacts, jewelry, t-shirts, music and CDs, and other items for sale. Door prizes will be awarded at random and attendees can enter for a chance to win a 50/50 raffle.
The Harvest Celebration or “Dozynki” is considered to be one of Poland’s most recognized traditions. Although the celebrations vary by each local area, the general premise is consistent. This tradition is based on the history of tenant farmers presenting the lord and the lady of the manor with gifts and garlands of wheat and wild flowers as part of a joyous fall celebration of the harvest. In gratitude, the “starosta” or lord of the manor shares food, drink and music with his tenants.
The festival consists of two parts: processional songs honoring the harvest, which are solemn in nature and reaffirm the reverence of the tradition and the general celebration during which the celebrants return dressed in holiday finery to sing, dance, feast and play games.
Tickets for the festival are $8 for adults, with free admission for children under 12 years of age. For more information about the Polish Cultural Foundation and its events, visit http://www.polishculturalfoundation.org.
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