A while back I was given a copy of the book “Polish Customs, Traditions & Folklore” by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab. Each chapter covers a month of the year and covers rituals and celebrations for that time. Many of these customs are alive and well, but many are extinct even in today’s Poland. One of these rituals inspired this piece that I wanted to share with you here.
Here is the story… The blessings of the parents were a very important part of the wedding day. In some regions, the couple would kneel before the parents and ask for forgiveness and blessings before saying farewell. This was so important that if either parent had died, the wedding party would stop at the cemetery “where the bride or groom would ask for blessings from the deceased parent” while everyone sang:
“Arise, arise from the grave, bless your daughter on her marriage day.”
I don’t have the right keyboard for the accents so this is not completely accurate, but in Polish the song is:
“Powstan, powstan z grobu
poblogoslaw corke do slubu.”
I have more works in progress and look forward to adding more to this series.