10 funny facts about Poland
We are Poles and we are proud of it :). Read 10 funny facts about Poland and get to know this beautiful country better!
Funny facts about Poland #1
We don’t use dryers.
Yes, that’s true! After washing, we hang our clothes on traditional dryer. Then we take them off from the dryer and iron them. It’s very time consuming and just stupid. We have no idea why we can’t buy electronic dryer to make it faster.
Funny facts about Poland #2
We don’t trust people, if we don’t get drunk together.
Ask any Pole if he has a friend with whom he didn’t get wasted. It’s just impossible! If you want to have good friend, you need to party hard with him at least once. You will see what kind of person he really is and whether you can trust him.
That’s crazy but we talked with many Poles and all of them agree. Their best friends are people who saw them wasted. We are still not sure if it is one of the good or bad facts about Poland.
When you sneeze you will hear Na zdrowie! which means bless you. What’s interesting, Poles are saying exactly the same words before they are drinking alcohol. So bless you and cheers have the same meaning.
I guess Polish people will always find an excuse to get wasted… If you sneeze twice it means that you need to drink alcohol! Sneezing three times in a row means that you are going to have sex soon.
Funny facts about Poland #3
We are Catholics but we hate church.
It’s really weird but many Poles hate church.
They are going to church every Sunday though. Why? They must be seen by others and they don’t want to hear their mamas and grandmas complaining that they will go to hell. Yes, Poles are very hypocritical and it’s not really one of our favourite fun facts about Poland.
Funny facts about Poland #4
Every spring we kill dolls.
It’s Polish tradition to make human-sized doll in the end of winter (called Marzanna) and drown it when the spring begins. This is how we say good-bye to the winter and, by accident, make of Poland funny and really interesting country.
Funny facts about Poland #5
Our donuts are round.
For us, Poles, flat donut with hole is just weird.
Our donuts are like a ball with frosting on the top. Inside we put marmalade, rose jam or other confiture.
Every year, on Thursday before Ash Wednesday, we celebrate Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday). On this day you can eat as many donuts as you want. People ask each other how many donuts did their eat.
The more you eat, the better for you :).
Funny facts about Poland #6
We celebrate name day.
This is one of the most interesting facts about Poland. When you turn 18 years old, you become an adult.
Now you won’t celebrate your birthday buy your name day.
It’s very popular in Poland to celebrate Name Day. Everybody know that you need to call Maria on 2nd Feb, Jolanta on 15th June, Wojciech on 23rd April, Krzysztof on 25th July, Anna on 26th July etc.
Funny facts about Poland #7
We know English but we are afraid to speak.
We have absolutely no idea why it’s so common in Poland to hide English knowledge.
Poles have low self-esteem and they are so affraid of making mistake that they chose not to speak.
Even our Prime Minister Donald Tusk who recently become president of European Council is afraid to speak English.
Take a look at the video below
Maybe this is because in Polish schools, we learn only writing, reading and listening. It’s not very common to speak English at English classes.
Hopefully it will change in the future.
Funny facts about Poland #8
We are very superstitious.
Many people believe in bad luck of number 13. They are worried if the black cat cross their road.
When we see magpie bird, we believe someone will come to visit us.
And stork in our garden is of course pregnancy trailer.
Funny facts about Poland #9
Watching ‘Home Alone’ is Christmas tradition.
Haha, yes! Story of Kevin is well known to every Pole.
Every year we watch Home Alone in Christmas Day and we stil enjoy it 🙂
Funny facts about Poland #10
Our men still kiss our hands.
We love this traditions! Polish man always kiss woman’s hand when occasion is solemn (e.g. first meeting, name day etc.)
Update May 2018:
Funny facts about Poland #11
You can’t name your child however you like in Poland
The final decision is always up to a Head of the Civil Registry Office. If he or she doesn’t think the specific name is appropriate, he/she may refuse to register your child. You need to go to court that will judge who is right.
There is no list of the forbidden names in Poland, however there are some names that are ‘not recommended’. Here it is:
Abbadon, Akain, Alexander, Alma, Andrzelika, Arden, Arkhan, Bastian, Benjamin, Bhakti, Boromir, Brian, Carmen and Carmen, Chiara, Clea, Cynthia, Dayan, Emmaus, Ewan, Herrad, Jail, Joshua, Julek, Karl, Klea, Krystina, Kuba (as a female name), Lester, Lilith, Lorina, Majka, Malta, Martin, Martyn, Maximilian, Maya, Merlin, Montezuma, Morena, Natasha, Nicol (female), Nicole (female), Nika, Nikol (male and female), Nikola (male), Ole, Opieniek, Pacific, Pakita, Strawberry, Radek, Rener, Ricardo, Sofia, Tea, Teonika, Tonia, Tupak, Una, Unka, Weronika, Victoria, Violeta and Violetta, Wilga , Wolf, William, Xymena.