Saturday, June 20, 2009

EVENT: Wianki Celebration on June 20 - Washington, D.C.

Girls wearing wreaths of flowers prepare for St. John’s Night, a centuries-old Polish celebration of the Summer solstice. This event, sponsored by the Polish American Association of Washington, D.C., was held at the Reflecting Pool at the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial. —photo: Richard Poremski

Polish American Arts Association of Washington DC
cordially invites you to

Summer solstice Festival of Wreaths on the Feast of St. John

Saturday, June 20, 2009, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Relfecting Pool, Lincoln Memorial Steps.


On Saturday, June 20, 6-10 PM there will be a Festival of Wreaths, “Wianki,” sponsored annually by THE POLISH-AMERICAN ARTS ASSOCIATION of Washington, DC held at the Lincoln Memorial. The Festival of Wreaths, is celebrated with Polish music by Brothers-in-Law Plus Band and dance performances by traditional Polish dance groups, including Michas Dance Group of Virginia Beach and Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble of Philadelphia.

At dusk, the young ladies carry their flower wreaths lit by candles to the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial monument. The old legend tells that whoever finds the wreath is the future groom.This year for the first time, a sing-along accompanied by an accordion and violin will bring Polish families and friends even closer by singing the old traditional folk songs of Poland.

It is a special day for new folks to come and enjoy the evening and it is a tradition to some folks to come back and enjoy the Polish culture. The Polish-American Arts Association was organized on January 1986, as an affiliate of the American Council for Polish Culture, a national organization founded in 1948 for the preservation of Polish cultural, literary, and folk traditions in the United States.