Wesolych Swiat from the Polish Gallery
A Szopka is a Christmas tradition in the Krakow region of Poland. It is often called A Fairytale Stable and reminiscent of the architecture of Krakow.
A Szopka contains a nativity scene, usually on the second floor. The ground floor has costumed figures
from Krakow's legend. A Szopka can be as big as room size or as small as a small tabletop.
Each year in Poland there is a contest to determine the
best one in each size category.This pictured Szopka is on loan from St. Stanislaus Church and made by a local craftsman in 1988.
As tradition between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany, carolers often dress in folk costume and walk from house to house. They carry a star on a pole and a nativity scene often incorporated within it.
The Christmas tree in the Polish Gallery is ornamented with fruit, nuts, and decorations made of straw and paper
Lajkonik the beaded man on horse is one of unofficial symbols of the city Krakow, Poland.