15th of August – one of the most important Polish holidays

This year will be the 101st anniversary of the Miracle on the Vistula (‘Cud nad Wisłą’), one of the proudest moments in Polish history! This year’s celebrations of the Polish Armed Forces Day are said to be bigger than ever.

Many Polish people associate the 15th of August with the Assumption of Mary Day (‘Dzień Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny’) which is a Christian holy day well-known in Poland. However, the same day marks another celebration – the Polish Armed Forces Day (‘Święto Wojska Polskiego’). It commemorates the Battle of Warsaw in 1920, also known as the Miracle on the Vistula (‘Cud nad Wisłą’) – Poland’s decisive victory in the Polish-Soviet war. This holiday is celebrated annually, yet the 15th of August 2021 is said to have the most events ever. 

Photo: Maciej Bednarek, Pixabay

The government announced that this year’s celebrations will be named ‘Become a soldier of Poland’ (‘Zostań żołnierzem Rzeczypospolitej’) and the purpose will be to promote the dignity and significance of the Polish Armed Forces as well as encourage young people to join the Polish army. This year there will be 30 separate festivals which will take place all over Poland during the entire upcoming weekend – the 14th and 15th of August. At the events there will be opportunities to see exhibitions of the army equipment, talk to actual soldiers, watch air shows, listen to live orchestras, have some food etc. The main celebration will be held, same as every year, in Warsaw near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (‘Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza’). 

Below is the list (from www.wojsko-polskie.pl) of all places where the festivals will take place: 

  • 14.08.: Rypin, Strzelce, Ossów, Kluczbork, Suwałki
  • 15.08.: Polkowice, Tuchola, Hrubieszów, Strzelce Krajeńskie, Ozorków, Biskupice, Warszawa (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, Plac Piłsudskiego, PGE Narodowy), Iłża, Zwoleń, Teresin, Radzymin, Brzeg, Solina, Dynów, Grajewo, Kolno, Kościerzyna, Koziegłowy, Skoczów, Nowa Słupia, Gołdap, Kobylin, Wierzchowo.


Author: Wiktoria Lewandowska 

Cover picture: Twitter @MON_GOV_PL