Independence Day

Independence Day Quick Facts - PL

AKA NameDzień Niepodległości
HashtagsCompiled on#MyPolska
2024 Date11 November 2024
2025 Date11 November 2025

Independence Day

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Poland Independence Day History

Poland Independence Day, also known as Narodowe Święto Niepodległości commemorates the country's regained independence after 123 years of partitions and foreign rule. It is an important observance that pays tribute to the sacrifices made by Polish patriots in their relentless pursuit of freedom and self-determination. The day also serves as an opportunity for the people of Poland to celebrate their rich cultural heritage and national identity.

The history of Poland Independence Day can be traced back to November 11, 1918, when Józef Piłsudski assumed control of a newly sovereign Polish government following the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires in the aftermath of World War I. As a member of the European Union since 2004, Poland's journey towards independence is an inspiring and relevant example for the EU's commitment to fostering strong democratic values within its member states.

Poland Independence Day is celebrated across the European Union by Polish communities and their supporters. The observance typically includes public events, such as parades, concerts, speeches, and cultural exhibitions, aimed at expressing pride, promoting understanding, and strengthening ties between Poland and other EU member states. These celebrations often serve as an opportunity for Europeans to learn more about the vibrant history and culture of Poland while also reaffirming the shared European values of democracy, freedom, and unity. Poland Independence Day takes place on the 11th of November each year.

Top facts about Independence Day

  • Jozef Pilsudski was appointed Commander-in-Chief over the Polish Forces and was later given complete civil control over all of Poland's territories.
  • On 1 September 1939, Hitler's Nazi Germany invaded Poland and quickly defeated its army. Following the invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, the Allied forces declared war on Germany and World War II began.

Independence Day Top Things to Do

  • Indulge in traditional Polish food to celebrate culinary tradition and heritage on this national holiday. Some of our favourites include: pierogi (dumplings), rosol (chicken soup), golabki (cabbage rolls), bigos (hunter's stew) and kotlet schabowy (breaded pork cutlet).
  • Spread awareness on social media with hashtags such as #PolishIndependenceDay, #IndependentPoland and #FreeAfter123Years.

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