Andrzejki - In October a period began when the majority of marriages were arranged.
Accordingly, the intensity of fortunetelling, forebodings and several prophecies increased.
Days of special importance were November the 24th and 29th that means St. Catherine’s
Eve for young men and St. Andrew’s Eve for girls. In this day, girls used to burn flax fiber
pellets (if two previously chosen and named fly up or touch each other that means marriage),
to pour melted wax on water (and guessing the future from the shape of the shadow on the
wall), to give pancakes to dogs (to see whose pancake will be eaten first), and so on. They
also used to place into their circle a gander. It was said, that the girl first approached or
picked at by the bird will be the first to marry. The girls used to put under their blankets
a rolling pin or men trousers believing that their prospective bridegroom will appear in a
/source: Jacek Marek
Christmas Eve - For Poles, Christmas Eve is a time of family gathering and reconciliation.
It's also a night of magic: Animals are said to talk in a human voice and people have the power to
tell the future. The belief was born with our ancestors who claimed that Dec. 24 was a day to mark
the beginning of a new era. It was bolstered by sayings such as, "As goes Christmas Eve, goes
the year." Hoping for a good 12 months, everyone was polite and generous to one another and
forgave past grievances.
Today, few treat the old traditions seriously, but some survive as family fun. "Maidens" interested in
their marital future and older people, who try to predict next year's weather based on the sky's aura
between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night (Jan. 6), sometimes cling to past superstitions.
Polish rural residents are among the few who still keep up the old Christmas Eve customs. In
eastern Poland it is still believed that girls who grind poppy seed on Christmas Eve can hope for
a quick marriage. After dinner, they leave the house, and the direction of the first dog bark points to
where their future husband will come from. Another fortune-telling trick is eavesdropping on the
neighbors. If in a casual conversation, the girl hears the word "Go" it means she will get married in
the coming year. A loud "Sit" announces long-lasting maidenhood. / source