See Your Future...

Andrzejki (pronounced an-dzey-ki) is the day of St. Andrew, who is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, and Russia. In Poland, the holiday is celebrated on the night of the 29th through 30th of November. Traditionally, the holiday was only observed by young single girls, though today both young men and women join the party to see their futures - and to drink enough to forget the present at the moment as well!

Above: Krakow's Alchemia club always has the most elaborate machine for creating your wax fortune...

During Andrzejki, your fortune is told in the form of wax: hot wax is poured into cold water, often through a key, and the resulting shape is supposed to predict your future - most likely, who you're going to marry! Another popular Andrzejki game involves unmarried young women. Participants line their shoes up in a straight line one after the other starting at the back of a room. After all the shoes are lined up, the person at the end takes their shoe and puts it at the front of the line, and so on, until someone's shoe reaches the door. It's believed that the owner of the first shoe to cross the threshold will be the first one to get married.

But whether you believe in fortune-telling or not, today Andrzejki is mainly about having fun with your friends and enjoying your youth - while you still have it!

Comments

Inga from United Kingdom Reply Nov 30th, 2011

Fantastic, describes my school times in Poland so well. I'm meeting my Polish friend this evening for a dose o fun. The most fun part of it was obviously pouring wax. Can't wait to leave work. Roll on 6pm!

kris from United States Reply Sep 12th, 2011

love this short description. I remember this holiday when i was a young boy in poland. played those games at school and this was a big party.

puzzles from Zimbabwe Reply Dec 14th, 2009

this sounds like funnn :D

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