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About a Polish tradition
by Micheal Le Quesne

HAVE you ever wondered how Jersey's Polish community celebrate Christmas? Many similar to the way we all do perhaps, but Poles have their own Christmas traditions too!

One of the oldest is the sharing of the oplatek (pronounced opwatek). This is a thin wafer made of flour and water, similar to the hosts that are used for the Mass. The Christmas wafer is shared before 'Wigilia', or Christmas Eve supper.

The head of the household usually starts by breaking the wafer together with his wife and then continues to share it with everyone at the Wigilia table. Wishes for peace and prosperity are exchanged.

Even their pets and farm animals are given a piece of oplatek on Christmas Eve. Legend has it that if animals eat oplatek on Christmas Eve, they will be able to speak in human voices at midnight, but only those who are pure of spirit will be able to hear them...or those who perhaps have had too much spirit!

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