Will we celebrate a new public holiday on December 27? The appeal in this matter will be presented to President Andrzej Duda on Monday by representatives of local governments and institutions from Wielkopolska. On that day, in 1918, the Greater Poland Uprising broke out.
The uprising was the largest in the partitions, culminating in a victory and an uprising for independence. Greater Poland institutions and associations dealing with the education and dissemination of history are trying to establish a new public holiday.
December 27 will be a public holiday?
As the co-initiator of the project, Rafał Reczek, the director of the Poznań branch of the Institute of National Remembrance, told PAP, the president will come up with a legislative initiative aimed at establishing a new holiday, according to the plans.
The appeal will be delivered to Andrzej Duda with the signatures of the inhabitants of Wielkopolska, local governments and institutions from Wielkopolska and neighboring regions on Monday at noon in Warsaw.
The idea of declaring December 27 a public holiday was initiated by the Wielkopolska Museum of Independence, the Kórnickie Establishment Foundation, the National Museum in Poznań, the Poznań branch of the Institute of National Remembrance, the Society for the Remembrance of the Greater Poland Uprising 1918-1919 and the Association of Wielkopolska Communes and Poviats.
Rafał Reczek admitted that the initiators were interested in the president’s interest in the project and involving him in the activities aimed at establishing a new public holiday.
– We talked with the ministers in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, they liked the idea. A declaration was made that if it is possible to win votes of support across the divisions, the president, by virtue of his office, will take a legislative initiative related to the establishment of a public holiday on December 27, Reczek told PAP.
– Our project is a grassroots, social and civic initiative. We wanted the president to come forward with a legislative initiative to emphasize that this is an idea independent of the party colors – he added.
Since June, the initiators of the action have been gathering expressions of support from individuals from the region and the country, as well as resolutions of local governments. So far, the petition on the establishment of a new holiday has been signed, inter alia, by voivodship marshals, the metropolitan of Poznań, the voivode of Greater Poland and the president of Poznań.
– On Friday, we packed cardboard boxes that will go to Warsaw – we packed over 4,000. traditional paper declarations of support for our project from individuals. In addition, there are over 3,000. votes of support sent by the network. We have over 160 declarations from local government units in the form of resolutions adopted at the level of provinces, poviats and communes. In addition, by Friday noon, we received over 40 resolutions or declarations of support sent by schools of various types and levels of education – said Reczek.
Great public support
The director of the Poznań branch of the Institute of National Remembrance admitted that the initiative met with great public support. – We have received many expressions of sympathy and support. There were no voices of criticism, there was no hate – we only noted signs of dissatisfaction resulting from a certain media hype – at one point the media reported that we were fighting for a public holiday – which is not true – he said.
The originators of the new national holiday hope that it will be celebrated this year. – On Monday, we hand over our appeal to the President. We hope to hear from him what the next steps towards establishing a new holiday will look like. We are invariably hoping that it will be introduced this year, said the director of the Institute of National Remembrance.
– The meeting with Andrzej Duda does not end our work – we will reach MPs, senators with information about the uprising, its role and significance – so as to show parliamentarians from other parts of the country how important this event was in the history of Poland – added Rafał Reczek.
The Greater Poland Uprising broke out on December 27, 1918 in Poznań. In the first period of the fighting, by the end of the year, the Poles managed to capture most of the city. It was finally liberated on January 6, 1919, when the airport was taken over. By mid-January, the greater part of Greater Poland was also liberated.
The gains of the insurgents were confirmed by the truce in Trier, signed by Germany and the Entente states on February 16, 1919. According to his arrangements, the Greater Poland front was recognized as the front of the struggle of the allied countries. The final victory was sealed by the Treaty of Versailles signed on June 28, 1919, as a result of which almost all of Greater Poland was returned to Poland.
In Poland, we have thirteen public holidays, both public and church holidays:
– January 6 – Epiphany,
– Easter (movable holiday),
– Easter Monday (movable holiday),
– May 1 – Labor Day,
– May 3 – National Day of the Third May,
– Pentecost, or Pentecost (movable holiday),
– Corpus Christi (movable holiday)
– August 15 – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
– November 1 – All Saints,
– November 11 – National Independence Day,
– December 25 – the first day of Christmas,
– December 26 – the second day of Christmas.
Main photo source: PAP / Wojciech Olkuśnik