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POLAND: Third of May (Polish Constitution Day): - Constitution Day commemorating the signing of the Constitution of May 3 in 1791 /'08

Halina Bednarz 2008-05-03

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Report 2007

Plenty of young people takes part in the celebrations - they are scauts from ZHP - side by side with combatants..

The anniversary of Europe’s first written constitution has traditionally been celebrated wherever people of Polish heritage are found.

Typical commemorations include Holy Mass (often a field mass in an outdoor setting), parades, patriotic assemblies, flag-raisings, wreath-layings, banquets, Polish festivals and other festivities.

The Constitution of May 3, 1791 (Polish: Konstytucja Trzeciego Maja) is generally recognized as Europe's first modern codified national constitution, as well as the second-oldest national constitution in the world.
Modeled after the Constitution of the United States of America, the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791, was the first written constitution in Europe to guarantee basic economic and human rights for all.

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In Wrocław..

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Flowers at the Constitution monument

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Constitution Day Parade

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March across the city to mass in the cathedral.

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Orchestra played known Polish soldiers songs

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At the Cathedral.

The songs were:

*Polish anthem
"The Song of the Polish Legions in Italy" /Dąbrowski's Mazurka
*Pilsudski legions song 'My pierwsza brygada'

and.. in addition to the Polish National Anthem (“Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła”) and the religious anthem (Boże coś Polskę…”), the rousing Third of May Mazurka is the ideal selection with which to commemorate Polish Constitution Day celebrations.

Mazurek Trzeciego Maja
Witaj Majowa jutrzenko,
Świeć naszej polskiej krainie,
Uczcimy Ciebie piosenką
Przy zabawie i przy winie.

Refren: Witaj Maj, piękny Maj,
U Polaków błogi raj!
O Maja Trzeciego zorzo,
Pod Twoimi promieniami,
Przez armaty z łaską Bożą,
Idziem w Polskę z bagnetami.

Refren: Witaj Maj, piękny Maj,
U Polaków błogi raj!

Third of May Mazurka
Hail May’s dawn so elated
On our homeland may it shine,
With a song we’ll celebrate it,
With amusement and with wine.

Refrain: Hail May, lovely May,
For us Poles a glorious day.
May Third’s dawn enflames the sky,
Shine on us your radiance glowing,
Foes by God’s grace we defy,
Bayonets fixed, banners flowing

Refrain: Hail May, lovely May,
For us Poles a glorious day.

Our MOVIE with song

Patriotic songs - soldiers orchestra

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Third of May celebration - MOVIE

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