The Drowning of Marzanna: Polish way of saying farewell to Winter

Hello Spring and Goodbye Winter 🙂


In Poland, the first day of spring is celebrated by Drowning of Marzanna (in polish: Topienie Marzanny). Marzanna is the old Slavic goddess of winter, plague and death. By burning and drowning the effigy of Marzanna, the ancient Slavs wanted to protect themselves from winter and encourage the timely arrival of spring. According to the tradition, the straw effigy of Marzanna would be dressed in white cloth or traditional local costumes and adorned with ribbons and necklaces. Then, she would get paraded through the village, taken to the nearest riverbank, set on fire, and then thrown to the water.


There is a number of superstitions related to the custom of drowning Marzanna: don’t touch the effigy once it’s in the water or your hand will wither; don’t look back while returning home – it may cause an illness; and don’t fall on the way back – it may lead to a relative’s death within the coming year. In modern times, the ancient pagan tradition of Drowning Marzanna survives in the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Slovakia. Usually, Kids in primary school create Marzanna doll themselves. Then, under the adult supervision, she is set on fire and drown in the nearest river.

How is the spring equinox celebrated in your country?


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Happy Springtime everybody!

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