April 2019 – Easter Buffet

The members of the Polish Canadian Women’s Society of Edmonton gathered together on April 27th, 2019 to celebrate Easter and enjoy an Easter Buffet, much like breakfast on Easter Sunday. Our organization has been celebrating such Polish traditions as “Opłatek” (Christmas Wafer) and “Święcone” (Easter Buffet) for more than sixty years.

A small group of members (Grażyna Nieradka, Jadwiga Skowrońska oraz Bożena Wojno) arrived early and decorated the room beautifully.

Halina Madej, the president of our organization, welcomed our guest, John Szumlas. Mr. Szumlas is the Honorary Consul in northern Alberta for the Republic of Poland. He spoke warmly about the role our organization plays in Edmonton’s Polish community and complimented us on the kind and cordial atmosphere in our group.

Bożena Wojno, Krystyna Sierko, Grażyna Nieradka, and Urszula Kunikiewicz prepared an artistic program including selections from Polish literature. Accompanied by classical music, they recited poetry. In addition, Elżbieta Zadora-Paszkowska read the prophetic words of Juliusz Słowacki regarding agreement and disagreement among Poles as well as the election of a Polish Pope (which happened when Karol Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II).

The poetry spoke of the Easter atmosphere, the death and resurrection of Jesus. Together, we experienced moments of reverie, regret and then joy when “Alleluja” rang out.

We fought each other using eggs, prepared by Halina Madej. Each of us tried to keep our egg undamaged in spite of many attempts to smash it. Following this lively exercise, we enjoyed some żurek (Polish sour rye soup) which is a favourite at Easter. We added our egg to the soup and enjoyed it most heartily.

Bożena treated us to some fresh homemade bread made from buckwheat that was still warm.  The food was not only delicious but also beautifully served. There were hard-boiled eggs that looked like little ducks and Ania’s sweet eggs (not real eggs!), marzipan in chocolate shells. The setting, the food, the atmosphere were all exceptional!