Andrzejki // Poland's Annual Fortune Telling Party

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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!

Photo Credit: Pawel Loj


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cant wait for this year - it's such a cool tradition! but last year my candle wax looked like a cow :/

Reply Jun 7th, 2018

This is So nice !! I heard about this from my polish friend, she is super excited for this day so i thought i will find out what is this about. A tradition dedicated to young girls ? this is fantastic..dont think any other country has any such tradition. This Sounds like a lot of fun ! Cheers !

Reply Nov 30th, 2015
Amy Smardz
United States

We're trying to start this as an annual tradition at our Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle in Buffalo NY.

Reply Nov 29th, 2015

haha nice :D would love to try it on my own :P sounds like a lot of fun :)

Reply Oct 29th, 2015
United Kingdom

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!

Reply Nov 30th, 2011
United States

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.

Reply Sep 12th, 2011

this sounds like funnn :D

Reply Dec 14th, 2009