Polish grandparents hold an important place in one's childhood. So if your kids or even you have Polish grandparents still present in your lives, be sure to treat them well!
Of course, there is no choice between a Polish grandmother or a Polish grandfather in Polish culture. They are both equally important, each in their own way.
A Polish grandfather is quite often the true head of a Polish family. When it comes to all the major decisions that need to be made, none will be considered right unless given the grandfather of the house's approval.
A grandpa in Polish culture should be treated with the highest respect, although it does depend on the family itself if its grandfather will be of the quieter, distant type or the warm and smiley grandpa every grandchild would wish of having.
The polish word for Grandfather is Dziadek. There are also other variants like Dziadzia, Dziadzio or Dziadziu in the vocative, as the Polish language has seven cases. There is also Dziad as an argumentative or even Dziadziuś in the diminutive.
Jaja is another variant used, but it is most common in Polish American culture.
There is even a day in the Polish calendar dedicated to the celebration of Polish grandfathers? It is celebrated a day after Grandma's Day, on January 22, in quite a similar way. The custom is to pay a visit to your Polish grandfather with a card and some small gifts, usually homemade or DIY crafts created by the grandchildren.
Sweets are always welcome, and some families celebrate it with a special lunch where the whole family gathers together to toast to Dziadek's good health.
Here is one rhyme you can use if you wish to create a special card for the next upcoming Grandpa's Day:
Hopefully you enjoyed this little rhyme and that you'll use all your creativity to celebrate your Polish grandparents!