Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Polish Harvest Festival

The (Dozynki) Polish Harvest Festival is a tradition that dates back many centuries. It is a feast that symbolizes the end of harvest for the farmers. It's a celebration of happiness, good food, folk dancing, live music, and Polish traditions.

Fri, September 20, 2013 | Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church 1731 Blalock Road. Houston, TX 77080 USA

The Harvest Festival has many names in the Polish folklore, referring to the custom of walking around the fields after harvest or making a harvest wreath, which was the most important attribute of the festival, from ears of grain and other fruits of the earth. It was the most important farming festival during the year, held after the harvest was over. Originally organised by landowners for farm hands and all reapers working in the fields, it later turned into a festival held by affluent farmers and rural local government bodies.

Contemporary harvest festivals have preserved many old traditions, customs, rituals and accessories. The most important of which are farmers- processions, with participants often dressed in regional costumes, bearing bread and wreaths - not only in the traditional shape of a crown, but also in the shape of hearts, globes, maps of Poland, coats of arms of different cities, church silhouettes and various national and religious emblems composed of ears of grain. Songs and orations are improvised during such processions.

Come join us on:

Friday, September 20, 4pm - 10pm
Saturday, September 21, 10am - 10pm
Sunday, September 22, 11am - 6pm

For questions regarding sponsorship, becoming a vendor, volunteering or any other questions, please contact:

Father Waldemar 713-973-1081 email:
Kris Krozel 832-858-3696 email:

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