Polish News Translated - Zagan April 26

By Bethany HuffApril 26, 2024

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Highlanders from Żagań Celebrate 21 Years of Tradition and Music

For over two decades, the spirited mountaineers of Żagań have been filling the air with melodies steeped in tradition. Hailing from Bukovina, nestled on the border of Ukraine and Romania, these mountaineers brought with them a rich tapestry of customs, attire, and vibrant culture following World War II.

The Jodelka ensemble, a cornerstone of this cultural revival, was founded by the late Zofia Delost and her husband Marcin in 2003. Their son, Mirosław Delost, reflects fondly on their journey, tracing the roots of their heritage back to the Austrian Silesian-Slovak borderland some two centuries ago.

"We started to go on different reviews and festivals," recalls Zofia, reminiscing about the ensemble's humble beginnings and the subsequent triumphs that followed. The group's dedication to preserving their heritage is evident not only in their music but also in the meticulous craftsmanship of their traditional costumes and other cultural artifacts.

The recent gathering of regionalists at the military club of the Black Division on Thursday, April 25, 2024, showcased the fruits of their labor. Embroidered tablecloths, exquisite pillowcases, and meticulously kept chronicles offered a glimpse into the proud history and craftsmanship of the Highlanders.

Mirosław Delost sheds light on the resilience of these mountaineers, highlighting their deep connection to the forests that once surrounded Żagań. "Previously, they often worked in the forest and knew each other well about this work," explains Mirosław. "It was only natural that they sought employment in the wooded areas abundant in our Żagań region."

Despite the trials of displacement and resettlement, the Highlanders have flourished in their new home, earning accolades and recognition for their contributions to both secular and religious celebrations. As they mark 21 years of preserving their cultural heritage through music and tradition, the mountaineers of Żagań continue to inspire generations with their unwavering spirit and dedication to their roots.

May Weekend Extravaganza: Five Days of Festivities in Zagan and Beyond

As May approaches, Zagan prepares to burst into a five-day celebration like never before. From May 1st to May 5th, the city invites locals and visitors alike to indulge in a whirlwind of events and activities guaranteed to delight all ages.

At the heart of the festivities lies the enchanting Palace Park, serving as the backdrop for daily gatherings and entertainment. Central to the lineup is the three-day Festival of Colors and Tastes of the World, promising a sensory journey through culinary delights and vibrant cultural displays.

Kicking off the celebrations on May 2nd is the Festival of Flags, a spirited march from Monastery Square to Słowiański Square, symbolizing unity and community pride. Residents are encouraged to proudly display flags on their properties, adding a colorful flourish to the cityscape.

May 3rd brings the May scene in the park to life, featuring performances by local artists and a dynamic DJ Collective. The evening transitions into an outdoor disco, culminating in a unique Silent Disco experience after 11 p.m., where revelers can dance the night away with wireless headphones.

Rounding off the festivities on May 4th and 5th are outdoor concerts in the park and thematic workshops catering to both the young and the young at heart. For those seeking a touch of history and adventure, the Arena and the Museum of Great Escape offer intriguing activities for an enriching May Day experience.

Detailed schedules and event information can be found on the official website of the city of Zagan at www.urzadmiasta.zagan.pl, ensuring everyone can plan their perfect May weekend itinerary.

Meanwhile, neighboring Boleslawiec invites patrons to a more patriotic affair, commemorating Poland's 20th anniversary of joining the European Union on May 1st. Festivities continue with orchestral concerts on May 2nd at the city center square, followed by a grand patriotic gala at the FORUM cinema on May 3rd.

For those seeking a journey back in time, the historic Kliczkow Castle beckons with a Medieval May Weekend extravaganza from May 1st to May 5th, promising an immersive experience in a bygone era just a stone's throw away from Bolesławiec.