If the weather seems a little confusing at the moment, and you’re not Polish, don’t worry… it’s just one of the extra seasons that Poland has, with which to complement the standard four.
This time, between winter and spring, is called Przedwiośnie. It’s characterised by changeable weather, sudden dips and rises in temperature, snow in the morning and sunshine at noon… this is the time of year at which literally anything could happen.
The good news, though, is that it means spring is definitely on the way – and it’s somewhat earlier than in the previous three years.
The whole thing is summed up in a Polish rhyme, which goes like this:
Kwiecień, plecień, bo przeplata. trochę zimy, trochę lata.
(April is plaited and intertwines a little winter, a little summer)
This time of year also inspired the writer Stefan Żeromski to pen a story, which you can download, listen to, or read for free online at the Wolne Lektury website.
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