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Carnival in Krakow: weeks of partying.  

Krakow’s carnival traditions, largely forgotten today, match those of Venice, Rio de Janeiro or New Orleans. Yet today, as in the past, the city enjoys a long season of merriment that lasts from the New Year’s Eve till the Shrove Tuesday some two months later. It is marked by feverish partying in Krakow’s numerous clubs on the one hand, and snobbish charity balls on the other.


New Year's Eve merrymaking is a must worldwide but on that night Krakow’s entire Old Town historical district turns into one giant ballroom. Thousands of revelers swarm its huge Grand Square with the adjacent streets in frenzied rejoicing and pack into the area’s countless clubs, cafes and restaurants. Such is the beginning of Krakow’s long carnival season which ends with the Shrove Tuesday frolics several weeks later.

Fat Thursday, the last one before the Ash Wednesday, is a festival of overeating when every Krakow dweller devours the Fat Thursday specials: ‘favorki’ crunch cakes and the Polish doughnuts (balls with rose-petals jam filling) which are a must-eat treat on that day.

Shrovetide (Polish ‘Ostatki’ or ‘Zapusty’) crowns Krakow’s two-month carnival season. It spans over the last five days before the Lent. The Shrove Tuesday’s ‘sledziowka’ festivities traditionally last till dawn on the Ash Wednesday and they end with the Lent meal of herring after which repentant revelers go straight to the church to have their foreheads strewn with ash.

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