Organized by Rotary Club Warszawa City
Sheraton Hotel Warsaw
December 7, 2019
INVITATION FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB
Dear Sir or Madam
I have the honour to invite you to the XXIII Gala of the Rotary Christmas Gala organized by our Rotary Club Warszawa City. On December 7, 2019 we will have the honour to welcome you to an exquisite dinner served in a festive atmosphere in the spectacular Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw.
The time spent together with our Rotary family, outstanding leaders, the elite of Polish business and culture will be enhanced by an exceptional performance of the legendary Strauss Capelle Wien, who will perform for the first time in Poland. Orchestra with 200 years of tradition. For lovers of extraordinary experiences there will be a special charity auction of priceless prizes. All the funds collected will be donated to our charity projects – mainly the STOP CANCER project carried out in cooperation with the Medical University of Warsaw. This project will ensure that young Polish oncologists will participate in 6-8 week internships in the world’s best cancer research centres. Additionally, our Christmas charity lottery will be held with impressive main prizes. All donations are always 100% committed to our charitable activities. All prizes and auctions have been donated by our friends and sponsors. Your presence and support means a lot to us.
In order to obtain detailed information and any information related to the sponsorship cooperation, please contact us at the following number +48 668 391 100 or e-mail address: email@example.com cost of invitation 1 person 70 EUR , VIP table 1.140 EUR
Kind Regards, Katarzyna Borowik President 2019_2020
RC Gdansk Sopot Gdynia are also this going to organise Christmas Eve.
We hope that this year Christmas Eve will also be an opportunity to meet a large group of rotarians.
Please sign up to the contact:
- date 9.12.2019
- godzina 18.00
- koszt 80 zł / per person
- Adam Mierosławski,
tel. 501 250 919
For Poles, Christmas Eve is a time of family gathering and reconciliation. It’s also a night of magic: Animals are said to talk in a human voice and people have the power to tell the future. The belief was born with our ancestors who claimed that Dec. 24 was a day to mark the beginning of a new era. It was bolstered by sayings such as, “As goes Christmas Eve, goes the year.” Hoping for a good 12 months, everyone was polite and generous to one another and forgave past grievances.
Today, few treat the old traditions seriously, but some survive as family fun. “Maidens” interested in their marital future and older people, who try to predict next year’s weather based on the sky’s aura between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night (Jan. 6), sometimes cling to past superstitions.
Polish rural residents are among the few who still keep up the old Christmas Eve customs. In eastern Poland it is still believed that girls who grind poppy seed on Christmas Eve can hope for a quick marriage. After dinner, they leave the house, and the direction of the first dog bark points to where their future husband will come from. Another fortune-telling trick is eavesdropping on the neighbors. If in a casual conversation, the girl hears the word “Go” it means she will get married in the coming year. A loud “Sit” announces long-lasting maidenhood.
When going to Christmas Eve midnight mass, girls would blindfold each other and touch fence pickets. A straight and smooth picket would portend a resourceful husband, while a crooked and rough one was an indication of a clumsy and awkward spouse. If a maiden wanted to learn about her future fiance’s profession, she would go to a river, dip her hand in the water and pull out the first thing she touched. Wood meant a carpenter, iron-a blacksmith, leather-a shoemaker, etc. Before going to bed, she’d wash her face with water without drying it. She would hang the towel on the footboard of her bed. The boy who passed her the towel in her dream was to become her husband.
Weather-forecasting superstitions were also popular. It was believed that if Christmas sees no snow, Easter certainly will-or more artfully, “If the Christmas tree sinks in water, the egg rolls on ice.” Other sayings include, “A sunny Christmas Eve brings fair weather all year round”; “Stars that shine bright on Christmas Eve will make hens lay plenty of eggs”; “A shine on the birth of our Savior will be seen all throughout January.”
From the small hours on Dec. 24, women were found cleaning and sweeping the entire house. An ancient belief had it that forces of evil would dwell in all things left dirty on that day. If the first person to enter a house on Christmas Eve was a woman, it was a bad omen, meaning that only heifers would be born in the farm in the coming year. It was a good sign when a man was the first to cross the threshold of the house.
At the Christmas Eve supper, each dish had to be sampled, and a traditional meal would consist of 12 dishes. The more you ate, the more pleasure would await you in the future. The more daring diners would pull out blades of straw from underneath the table cloth. A green one foretold marriage; a withered one-waiting; a yellow one-spinsterhood; a very short one-an early grave.
In pre-electricity times, after the last supper dish (which was kutia, a mix of soaked wheat, raisins, nuts, honey and spices) candles were blown out and the direction of the smoke was observed. If it moved toward the window-the harvest would be good, toward the door-a family member would die, toward the stove-a marriage.
Until recently, harvest fortune-telling was very popular in the countryside. After supper, the host would go out to the garden, carrying dried fruit. He would throw it on the trees, shouting “Apples, pears, plums, cherries, and all the leaves in the neighbor’s yard.” He would take a handful of straw and twist it into a rope. Grabbing an ax with other hand, he would approach a tree and threaten it by saying, “I’ll cut you down!” His wife would cry, “Don’t cut it, it will bear fruit!” Then she would tie the straw rope around the tree. This bizarre little pantomime apparently brought a good harvest.
Today, few people are familiar with Christmas Eve fortune telling, especially urban dwellers. Yet some old traditions can still be found among village people who tend to lead a more old-fashioned lifestyle, closely connected to nature and its cycles of death and rebirth.