While China usually celebrates Spring Festival around February, Polish people ( just like the rest of the world) need to wait for the first full moon of the spring ( after March 21) to officially welcome this beautiful green and flowery season with Easter Sunday (which this year will be on April 16). That’s because Poland follows the Western Roman Catholic Calendar, so the rites and practices are market by Christianity. Yet, the celebration still remain strongly influenced by pagan traditions. It is usual for both modern and conservative families to partake in the celebrations, regardless of what their religious beliefs may be.



The first sign of approaching Easter in Poland is a large number of branches and dried flowers being brought to church. One week before Easter, Palm Sunday (in Polish niedziela palmowa) takes place. According to Catholic tradition, the day marks the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem. Since palm trees are rare in Poland – although there is one known specimen – churchgoers often bring pussy willows or ‘palms’ made of colourful woven dried branches.


The Holy Week preceding Easter involves spring cleaning. In the countryside, people would use the occasion to repaint their barns. One of the most vivid memories of my childhood related to preparations for Easter is the smell of wood polish for the floors of my grandparents’ apartment. Religious fasts are sometimes observed in varying degrees of strictness. Families visit representations of the tomb of Christ, often decorated in a spectacular fashion for the occasion.


On the Saturday before Easter Sunday, Poles paint hard-boiled eggs (called pisanki). Some use store-brought kits which make the coloring and decorating easier, others continue to make dyes the traditional way – with boiled onion skins. Egg painting is encountered in several other Slavic cultures, and is thought to date back to talismanic pagan rituals that are over 5000 years old.



Another Saturday activity is the preparation of Easter baskets. Lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan), the baskets contain a sampling of Easter foods: pisanki, a piece of sausage or ham, salt and pepper, bread, a piece of cake and an Easter Lamb made of sugar or even plastic.


They are brought to church to be blessed. My favorite part was a gathering at the Main Market Square at the Mariacki Church and then going for a spring stroll around the old city.


On the most important day, Easter Sunday, some go to church at 6am for the Resurrection mass – a ceremonial service and procession. Homes come alive with families who gather to eat breakfast. Before the meal, in much the same way as for Christmas with the sharing of the opłatek (Christmas wafer), people share wedges of the blessed Easter eggs from the basket. They exchange wishes and a Wesołego Alleluja (Joyful Hallelujah).

The breakfast is dominated by cold dishes and is a feast for meat lovers: ham, sausage, roast meats, pâté (pasztet), eggs, horseradish relish, bread and in most Polish homes – traditional vegetable salad with mayonnaise. Easter breakfast is so decadent that it has to be considered a day-off from the Spring diet. If you ask me for the smell of Easter – it is horseradish and smoked ham!


What follows is a frenzy of Easter cakes: a tall, round 15-yolk sweet yeast cake with a hole in the middle (babka) that can be compared to the American election cake, a mazurek – cake with a fat layer of icing, decorated with dried fruit, walnuts, almonds, roasted seeds or a cheesecake – sernik.




The last festive day is Easter Monday, known as Śmigus-Dyngus (Wet Monday), on which tradition requires that boys throw water over girls and spank them with willow branches or…whole buckets of water!



These are just general traditions.In addition, every city and/or region has it’s own peculiar Easter celebrations but…I will tell you about these in another post!



Today is exactly 1 year since the official launch party of Pierogi Ladies at Craft. We will need to wait with proper celebration till we finish our relocation and for now we will commemorate this special date with a few acknowledgements and unforgettable highlights.

First of all, It’s been an amazing first year for our little brand and what happened exceeded our expectations. We know full well we wouldn’t be where we are now without the support of some amazing people who believed in us from the very beginning, and each and every one of you who trusted our cooking skills.

Special thanks for support during the first year go to:

Miriam D. – for introducing us to each other in the summer of 2015

Agata J.– our very first customer, who motivated and pushed us to start the project

CRAFT SHANGHAI – for housing Pierogi Ladies Kitchen and our Launch Event

Yannick Lequellenec aka Shanghai Hunter – for the invaluable media and moral support

Austin Kittelson – for spreading pierogi love on Bonapp and being our very first reviewer

Adja ‘LALU’ Sy for sponsoring our Launch Party with a gift bag of her brilliant natural cosmetics and promoting us at the ‘Spring Bazaar’ organized by her’ Made in Shanghai’.

FS Juice – for sponsoring our launch party

Hanady Awada aka Recipe Nomad – for her outstanding blog articles about Pierogi, motivation and spreading the word about pierogi

Last but not least – all our regular customers ( you know who you are!) – for giving us this priceless motivation to keep working hard on our product as well as everyone who believed in us,  recommended us and spread the Pierogi Love to help us grow bigger!




Let’s have a quick look now at the highlights of the first year of Pierogi Ladies!

1. Our launch party at Craft – we were amazed at the great turnout of guests. We believe they had fun getting lots of free pierogi, drinking FS juice and getting wonderful prizes from LALU, FS juice and ourselves.

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 2. Joining Kate&Kimi community



 We got surprised by an invitation to join the community even the day before the official launch! Thanks Mr R! Today we are trying to catch up with pierogi getting sold out too quickly!


3.   Our very first pop up market – Spring Bazaar – organized by Adja Sy and her Made in Shanghai.

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The popularity of our booth went beyond our expectations!


4.  Our epic pop up at the historical Yongkang Road to mark the beginning of  our partnership with The Rooster



Although Yongkand Road the way we all remember it is a history, we are proud to have our very own pop up supported also by Boxing Cat Brewery!

5. We supported the biggest fans of Polish Football with a nighttime pop up at the gates of The Camel

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6. We got interviewed for the most popular Polish TV ( and we are still receiving messages from people who watched it!)

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7.  We got invited by Bubbly Nation for a live cooking on their grounds.


8.PAWSOME-  an amazing brand that provides your furry friend with healthy and delicious ingredients– invited us to feed the participants of their first seminar and that event was the beginning of currently in the works , auspicious partnership!

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 9.   We appeared on a few significant lists mentioning Shanghai’s best comfort food


10. We developed a great team work of 2  that works smoothly and efficiently, while simultaneously having our other full time jobs. We complete each other with our strengths and skills to deliver the best performance and results. We wouldn’t be where we are now without making the teamwork priority and sharing all the tasks related to running Pierogi Ladies!


 Of course our year was filled with many more small achievements that kept giving us power and motivation to work even harder. We admit it – we have also been extremely lucky with many things, so – as my friend Ana says – we have responsibility to be happy.

We are extremely excited to start a new chapter for Pierogi Ladies by moving to a new venue in Aomen Road 280 under the roof of The Market and bring our brand to the next level. We hope that you will accompany us on this journey as it is you all, who trust our product, that make our dream possible and we want you all to know how much we appreciate it!