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Thursday, 1 March 2018

March in Krakow

Dearly beloved,

Happy 1st of March, lovely people!

To tell you the truth, any month is a good month to visit Krakow. No matter the day, no matter the time, there is always something up, something cooking in Krakow. March comes with variable weather so you need to be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities alike! The average temperature is about 7 degrees Celsius - with a high of 11 degrees and a low of 3 - so keep this in mind when packing for your trip to Krakow, Poland. You will want a (winter) coat that will keep the cold and wind away + a scarf and a hat, to make sure sure you don't get a red runny nose like Rudolph. 
Easter can fall in March or April - The Catholic Easter falls this year on the 1st of April, and that ain't no joke! So at the end of March you might even catch the Krakow Easter Markets - in the main market square and next to the entrance to Galeria Krakowska.  Easter in Krakow is magical to witness as the Easter celebration is very important in the Catholic church and many events and traditions, celebrations, are connected to it. 
If you are in Krakow between the 26th of March and 2nd of April, if you enjoy Renaissance and Baroque music, you must attend the annual festival: The Misteria Paschalia. It is a trademark of Krakow as a city of early music and it is one of Europe's most important events that focuses on this particular type of music. The music presented is linked to the Holy Week and Easter and is being performed by masters and outstanding interpreters of early music. This classical event takes place in churches throughout Krakow and the Krakow Philarmonic or the ICE Krakow Arena. "The Drowning of Marzanna" - a way that Poles say farewell to Winter. It usually takes place on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Marzanna is the incarnation of the old Slavic goddess of Winter, plague and death. In medieval times the people wpuld construct a human figure made out of straw, wrap it in lined and made it pretty with ribbons and beads (it had to have a feminine value). On the afternoon of 21st of March, young children would play (or torture, depends how you look at it...) with the idol, parading it around the village and putting her into water, wherever they would find a bucket or a puddle or... water in general! At dusk the villagers would gather at the riverbank or any area with a lot of water, setting Marzanna on fire and throwing it into the water. The custom surives and many kindergardens and primary schools do contests on creating the best Marzanna - taking from small puppets to life sized dummies. Of course under adult supervision, the doll is taken to the nearest water. They set it on fire and throw her down in the water - quite barbaric, one would say, but rather a funny event for the kids!
Krakow does have also quite a rich pagan background and there are certain rituals and celebrations that are kept even up to this day - of my enough, coming from a country that is declared almost in entirety as of Catholic faith. One such celebration is

Krakow has many things to offer, from magical places you can't forget, to museums filled with one of a kind wonders, to outdoor activities for all ages and events that would satiety anyone! So you better come down here this March, until the tourists don't go barging in ;) summer is too hot and crowded! 

Sincerely,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves Krakow