Independence Day

Independence Day Quick Facts - PL

AKA NameDzień Niepodległości
Hashtags#IndependenceDay, #PolishIndependenceDay
Related Hashtags#Poland, #Polska, #11listopada, #DzieńNiepodległości, #Ukraine, #Independence
2022 Date11 November 2022
2023 Date11 November 2023
Independence Day

Independence Day History

Independence Day in Poland celebrates Poland's independence after 123 years of foreign occupation and portioned land. In 1795, following the signing of Poland's Constitution, the first ever in Europe, Poland went to war with neighbouring powers and was ultimately divided up into three partitions: one under Austrian rule, another under Russian rule and another under Prussian rule. Finally, on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, World War I came to an end and Poland regained its independence.

Independence Day is celebrated annually on 11 November. It became a national holiday in 1937 however throughout communist rule until 1989, the holiday was forbidden. It was reinstated in 1990 following the demise of communism.

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Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • 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.
  • Hitler had made a German-Soviet pact prior to his invasion of Poland. From 1939 until 1941, Poland's territories were split up between Germany and Soviet, until Hitler's Germany invaded the Soviet Union and occupied Poland in its entirety until 1945.
  • On 17 November 1918, Josef Pilsudski appointed Jedrej Moraczewski as the new Prime Minister of Poland.
  • To be defeated and not submit, is victory; to be victorious and rest on one's laurels, is defeat. - Jozef Pilsudski, former controller of Poland

Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch the Changing of the Guard which occurs around noon at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.
  • Take part in the Race of Independence to commemorate the day. Thousands of racers participate.
  • Read a book about the tumultuous history of Poland to better understand the holiday's meaning. Some of our suggestions: The History of Poland, The Story of Poland and A Concise History of Poland.
  • 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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