The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid (GOCA or WOŚP – Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy in Polish) is one of the biggest charity organizations in Poland. It is non-governmental and non-profit. It collects money for causes connected with human health and helping sick children. It provides courses in CPR and ECC which is connected with saving people lives too.światła miasta Siedlce nocą

The Grand Final of The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid happens every year on first or second Sunday of January. On the day of Grand Final are organized music events all across the country. Those events are sponsored by companies from Poland and organized by volunteers except only one the biggest event in front of Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw which is hosted by GOCA. All day long and during those events many volunteers heart of The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aidwalk on the streets with cans where everyone can donate money and support The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid. Each volunteer has got an identification card and in return for a donation hands out a red sticker with heart and name of the charity on it.


At the end of the day at 8pm in every place all across the country is an event called ‘light to the heaven’ when fireworks displays are carried out.


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The Great Orchestra of Christmas Aid in Siedlce

This year I was in Poland, so I decide to participate in the event in my hometown Siedlce. Norbi SiedlceIt was small, but well organized. It was cold, so we went mainly to see the fireworks display. But before it happened we had an opportunity to listen to one of the Polish music stars – Norbi and his top song – Kobiety są gorące 🙂 Was fun. Later some announcements from organizers and sponsors and Dr Magda Daniel who is my cousins aunt and fireworks display started. I post some pictures for fireworks lovers.


During that event I met couple nice people, but Polish people are very shy and distrustful. Those features make hard for me life in Poland. I think everyone should be open and outgoing like for example in United States, Canada, Russia or Brazil.

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Clubs in Siedlce | Here are the best of the event?

Last weekend, while in Poland, I went out with friends on browarki and i started to think about where are the cool clubs in Siedlce, to enjoy a night out with friends as long as possible. I believe that from time to time you have to play well.

We went to one of the bars in the vicinity of the city centre. Initially, the plan was easy to sit back, watch the game and talk. After a few piwkach, conversations, several people what they came and they came out, I thought it might be somewhere to go and listen to local music, see how they're playing to local people and do you really in Poland so much drunk:)

There were a few volunteers and we decided that we would go to the nearest club, as the weather outside was cold. From what I know the most popular clubs in Siedlce there are two. After a short walk and climbing to the second, and perhaps the third floor, while feeling as the tenth-we were in the middle.

The music played, it was a little people and we decided that from the very beginning we're going to have fun, because we did not want to spend the entire night, and MAX two hours. Jared bought a bottle of vodka, I went to the room in search of nice people who would like to have a drink with us and keep us company.

Few people would look strange that everything speaks to them, but at some point, groups of 5 people how they heard that I want them to help us enjoy a little bit of alcohol quickly and 'serca zmiękły joined our table.

For myself, I went after a drink, because these large vodka glasses work for me as a deterrent. I came back with a few more in. Polaliśmy, everyone drank and before I even had time to warm the seat 'przyjazna a bunch of ' fled somewhere?! Able to sit out, but as I do not have anything interesting to say, it's good that they went:)

Clubs in Siedlce

Dopite and the instead of sitting and for a while to assimilate the excess alcohol, someone threw a password that we go to the dance floor. Well OK. I could go in and I wanted some boy nailed five. Then he started wyklinać me. It happens that some people have a problem with the head. I answered him in English that do not understand anything and I went over to the next, which turned out to be his friends and started talking the same thing. With them were still about 3 girls who started to beg me, I myself went. I still do not understand that quite moved away a little. None of them reached what's going on. Nobody apologized, so I went back to ask anymore how the pole Pole about what they mean. Chłoptaś pushed me. Still politely you like asking why me insults and even repels, what I advised not to do more, ocekiwałem, that will understand in the end your stupidity. Then shoved me even tighter and at this point my patience is over. Got it, and with me he began to jerk his mate. With a view to having a good time, not a brawl while lying on the ground I told him that I'm not going to beat them and let ochłonie. We got up and jumped on the next two guys. Their friends? The protection? Who knows? Stand several inches in front of me, so I next went fist, because what is there to wait. They came from.

This caught me a bodyguard-so it seems to me, because he pushed me until I fell over after a few steps-alcohol did.

In this sty I didn't stay a moment longer, so i got up and I went to the exit. Pseudo security guard followed me, and even with the fist hit me in the ribs to give. Sick. In the fuck you've got for cwaniakowanie and to this day has not learned. To meet him yet I said that those villagers moved out, because I've been here I come.

Are there any clubs in Siedlce, in which you can play? It seems to me that you do not and for the next event I'll fly myself abroad. Let the critics play themselves.


Christmas customs in Poland

I would like to share with the world some info about Christmas customs in Poland. I don’t celebrate each year like that, but all my family do. I want to show you some typical Christmas food and tell some more about things we Catholics do.uszka i pierogi

I am going to tell you about Christmas Eve’s dinner. The first rule says that it should consist of 12 different dishes, because we have that many months in the year or because there were twelve Apostles, and each participant of the ‘feast’ should try them all.

Christmas customs in Poland from the beginning:

Before we even start to eat there is a custom that we need to wait for the first star on the ryba i bigossky which is a symbol of the star of Bethlehem which guided Three Kings on the night when Christ was born. Usually we may start to look for it on the sky about 4 o’clock. Tradition says that on the Christmas Eve’s table should be always one free cover. Situated there in case of wayward wanderer or an unexpected visitor.

When the awaited star finally appears we sit down by the table and one member of the family reads a passage from the Bible. Then we take a special wafer and share it with everyone exchanging best wishes for an upcoming year.

Soziemniaki-czerwony barszcz z uszkami-karpme families, especially from villages, put under the tablecloth some hay – before people placed in the corners of houses sheaves of hay and straw. This custom should ensure a good harvest in the coming year and it reminds the poor conditions in which Jesus came to the world.

Since few years the Catholic Church allows to eat meat on Christmas Eve, but Polish people are very traditional people and their tables are still dominated by fish.

Christmas customs in Poland require that on the table should appear dishes like:

  • carp
  • beetroot soup with ravioli
  • dumplings (pierogi)
  • sauerkraut-and-meat stew (bigos)
  • “ryba po grecku”
  • dried fruit compote
  • cabbage with mushrooms
  • Croquettes with sauerkraut
  • Christmas Eve’s gingerbread

Finally after the dinner comes time to open gifts which where brought by Santa Claus to good children and adults 🙂 Hope that I helped you at least a little to understand what’s going on in Poland during Christmas.