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"Bamberki Wielkopolska"( women of Bamberg descent) took pride in their extraordinarily wide double and triple lined skirts sewn from five widths of material. They were too wide for their owners to fit on tram seats!

Easter Turks

Chocz is a large village not far from Pleszew. Guards can be seen on duty outside the tomb of Jesus in the local Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The tradition of placing guards at the tomb, referred to as "Easter Turks" in these parts, goes back at least to the beginning of the 20th century.

15 August is the Feast of the Assumption in the Catholic calendar. In the folk tradition, this day is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother of the Herbs.

The procession held after mass is the most important and enthralling (because it is so spectacular) moment of this holiday.

Other popular names for this day are "bonfire" (Polish: sobótka), a name possibly derived from the day on which these festivities used to be held (sobota is Polish for "Saturday") or from the ritual name given St. John?s fires, and "kupała", which is probably derived from a word for ritual bathing.

The houses in the villages of Wielkopolska are bedecked with green birch and sweet flag branches on this day.

St. Catherine, whose feast day is celebrated on 25 November, is the patron saint of virtuous bachelors eager to meet a young woman and enter into a happy marriage with her.

The feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra falls on 6 December.

Mikstat, a town not far from Ostrzeszów, is celebrated throughout southern Wielkopolska for its St. Roch Church Fair and for being the only place in Poland where animals are blessed.