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    Good Friday Traditions in Polish Culture

    In Polish tradition, Good Friday, the second day of the Paschal Triduum, is solemnly observed as a day of mourning. Communities, in the past, mimicked the customs of mourning a loved one, remaining indoors and speaking softly.

    Preparations for the Holy Days
    Preparations for the holy days include symbolic gestures like stopping clocks, covering mirrors, and speaking in subdued tones. Before dawn, it was customary to wash in cold, running water to prevent skin ailments, accompanied by prayers to Christ’s wounds.

    Rituals and Beliefs
    Those without access to natural water sources could wash with water from a basin containing coins, believed to ensure health and prosperity throughout the year. Despite the somber nature of the day, some regions incorporated cheerful elements, like in Wielkopolska, where boys hung soup and herring to mark the end of Lent.

    Superstitions and Predictions
    Superstitions abounded on Good Friday. Borrowing anything was taboo as it was believed to drive away luck from the house. Additionally, weather predictions and harvest forecasts for the year were made on this day.

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