It was believed that if the sun looked out for a while on Easter Sunday, it would be good weather all year round and the crop would add.
Today it is customary for the faithful of the Catholic faith to go to church on Holy Saturday with small wicker baskets, decorated with white, embroidered napkin and sprigs of boxwood to hallow food to the festive table. In the świynconka (small wicker basket) should be egg in the form of easter egg (symbol of new life), lamb from butter (a sign of the Risen Christ), bread (symbol of abundance), pound cake (a sign of perfection), salt (symbolizes purification and protection from diseases and unclean forces), horseradish (to provide strength and solidity), sausage or wędzonka (smoked sausage) (symbolizes abundance).
On Easter Sunday, a solemn resurrection is celebrated in Catholic churches. After returning home, the family sits down for a festive Easter breakfast, which begins with making wishes and sharing świynconka with a basket. On the table there are eggs, cold cuts and an Easter pound cakes called babki. The tables are decorated with bouquets of catkins, the first spring flowers and yellowing forsythia, and colourful kroszonki.
On the Easter table, there can be no shortage of egg dishes. In ancient folk beliefs, the egg was a symbol of life, the happiness of new forces and crop. In evangelical homes, a characteristic festive meal is a festive breakfast, eaten on Sunday or Easter Monday, during which scrambled eggs with fatback and chives are served.
A tall and well-prepared babka (pound cake) is mandatory. The hostess can show such baking off because it was a symbol of perfection and testified to her culinary skills. In many of the house, there was a metal form for baking an Easter cake in the shape of a lamb or a hare.
Source: Poland Daily