Winter semester 2016-2017
4 October, 2016: classes start
1 November, 2016: national holiday - All Saints' Day
11 November, 2016: national holiday - Independence Day
22 December, 2016 - 2 January 2017: Winter Break
25 & 26 December and 1 January: national holidays
6 January, 2017: national holiday - Epiphany
1 February, 2017: classes end
2 February 2017 - 19 February 2017: examinations
Spring semester 2016-2017
20 February, 2017: classes start
14-18 April 2017: Spring Break
1 May 2017: national holiday - Labour Day
2 May 2017: no classes
3 May 2017: national holiday - Constitution Day
10 May 2017: no classes - AMU Sports Day (but check with the School of the Polish language and Culture as there classes may be taught as usual!)
14 June 2017: classes end
16 - 30 June 2017: examinations
Religious and national holidays
moveable: Pentecost (Sunday), Corpus Christi (Thursday)
1 January – New Year's Day
Easter Sunday, Easter Monday
1 May- International Worker's Day
3 May - Constitution Day
Day of Pentecost
Feast of Corpus Christi
15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 November - All Saints Day
11 November- Independence Day
25 & 26 December – Christmas Days
Easter (a non-fixed holiday) - one of the most important public holidays, which is full of tradition, eggs are painted and special food is prepared, celebrated in March or April.
Corpus Christi - Celebrated 60 days after Easter (mostly in June), Corpus Christi is both a national and a religious holiday. It is marked by religious processions through towns and villages, prayer, and attendance of church services.
Ascension of Virgin Mary (15th August) - August 15th celebrates the Virgin Mary's assent into heaven. The day is marked by religious observances, including church attendance,
All Saints Day (1st November) - on this day people go to cemeteries to light candles and pray for the ones who have passed away.
Christmas Eve and Christmas (25th -26th December) - Christmas Eve is the most important Christians holiday in Poland and is called Wigilia, It is marked with a special meal, often made up of 12 meatless dishes, and observance of Christmas Eve traditions. The Christmas tree is typically decorated on this day. A large dinner may also be prepared for Christmas Day.
Labour Day (1st May) - typically a day of rest
Constitution Day (3rd May - on this day in 179l Poland proclaimed its modern codified constitution. It is often marked with parades and other public displays of celebration.
National Independence Day (11th November) - on this day in l9l8 Poland regained independence after 123 years of partition . It is also a day devoted to Saint Martin, one of the most popular saints among Poznań citizens. His military cloak which he cut in half and shared with the beggar had been a symbol of Christian duty to the poor for many centuries. The celebration takes place in the city center, all along St Martin Street. The event begins with a colourful parade whose central figure is Saint Martin. Numerous platforms taking part in the parade are accompanied by live music.
On this holiday, the confectioners of Poznan bake amazing number of croissants, made specially for this occasion. You should definitely try it!