When we think about the weekend, we think about leisure and recreation. It is a time when you can take your mind off of work and school-related issues that oftentimes are the cause of sleepless nights as well as stressful situations during weekdays. On weekends, Polish people, similarly to people in other countries, tend to devote most of the time to rest- if it is through staying at home and doing as little as possible to participating in various family gatherings or indulging themselves in the hobbies they find interesting. Other than that, they strive to catch up with all the things that they would normally not be able to do during the week due to lack of time, which is for instance doing housework, grocery shopping or working in the garden.


Although everybody has different habits as to how they spend their weekends, it is widely estimated that more than half of the Polish nation (54%) are keen on resting and relaxing (which doesn't necessarily make us a lazy nation due to the fact that the word "relaxing" can be defined in many different ways.) So what is the meaning behind the word according to Polish people?

From the passive point of view, relaxing means watching TV or reading books. What is more, due to technological advances, the Internet is now a one stop shop that plays a quite significant role in spending spare time during weekends as well. A huge number of especially young Polish people spend several hours a day chatting and surfing the internet.

From the active point of view, as Poles are very family-oriented people, some of them firmly believe that they are better off spending some quality time with their families and friends. Add on top of that the fact that Polish people claim to be one of the most sociable nations out there, put these two beliefs together and you will get the whole picture. Participating in family outings, paying family members and friends visits as well as partying are very customary ways of spending free time during weekends among Polish people.

The way Poles spend weekends also depends on their environment, way of life or even money issues. Not many Polish people opt for going out of town during weekends or any other further excursions that involve spending money. Not everyone can afford the luxury of traveling either. People who live in a city are more likely to experience cultural life by going out to a cinema, theatre or a concert ,contrary to those who live in the countryside and spend most of their time during weekends taking care of their households or working in the garden.

Weekends for Polish people are also the only time they can do the mundane, ritual housework chores such as cleaning, doing the laundry, going shopping, organizing their homes etc. These activities, though, occur only at Saturdays, as Sundays are considered among Polish people as a Holy Day that should be devoted strictly to resting. The majority of Polish people tend to stick to the rule that on this particular day there is no working allowed. Instead, they attend Sunday masses in church as the major religion of the nation is Catholicism.

To sum up, no matter what we do during the weekend, we strive to take the best out of it. We bear in mind that we have only two days of "paradise." And although everyone would like to have more free days like that, it is better to say to ourselves that two is better than none. It is enough to relieve weekly amounts of stress and forget about everyday problems, which makes it so much difficult to go back to the everyday routine at work or school.

Tom Popielaz

For more information about some other activities Polish people enjoy during weekends, you may check an article about weekend shopping activities in Poland.