Did you know that...

The wooden church in Słopanowo, near Szamotuły, revels in its many and wondrous colours. This is where the devil abducted the innkeeper's wife. The words "because she never poured" (the beer to the top of the glass) were written in wine on the hide of an ox.


Carnival, the period preceding Lent - from the Feast of the Epiphany to Shrove Tuesday - is known as "ostatki" or "zapusty" in Wielkopolska, and Shrovetide, the final three days before Ash Wednesday, are known as "zapust" or "mięsopust".

The last Thursday before Lent kicks off the period of festivities that brings Carnival to a close.

Two customs which still survive among school children are taking an effigy of Marzanna out of the village at the end of winter...

Bouquets of palm branches with verdigris or blueberry trimmings are blessed in church on the last Sunday of Lent.

Podkoziołek is the name given to Shrove Tuesday festivities.