The Krakow Christmas market Opened Friday November 27, and will run through December 26. Over 80 stalls are set up in the Main Market Square of Krakow. Shoppers have the opportunity to choose from regional souvenirs, and sample hot food as well as the local specialty, mulled wine (grzaniec galicyjski). A real highlight of the week will be the annual Nativity Scene Contest, a tradition that dates back to 1945.
Thanksgiving remains one of my favorite, unsung holidays. The spirit of thanksgiving crosses all cultures, even if they celebrate in different ways and at different times. I haven’t learned many languages, but of one thing I’m certain – every language has a word for thankful.
Abdol Hossein Sardari used his position as an Iranian diplomat in Paris to save up to 2,000 Iranian Jews living in France from the Nazis and certain death. He also issued passports to other Jews who were referred to him by an Iranian, once he realized the fate of any Jew left to Nazis. The exact number of people is unknown, because passports were issued to families, and not individuals.
Poland Celebrates Independence Day November 11. Poland regained her independence at the end of World War I from the triumvirate of Austria, Germany and Russia after 123 years. The holiday takes on even more importance when you realize that under communist rule, from 1945 – 1989, it was forbidden to celebrate the day.