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What is the Polish Name for Grandpa?

November 27, 2019 2 min read

Dziadek Word For Polish Grandfather

A Polish Grandfather

There is an interesting saying (or a quote from a film actually): children always wish for having parents of someone else - but never of having other grandparents but their own. Grandparents hold a very important place in one’s childhood. If anything feels like home it’s when you enter the space they live in. If anything feels like soul food - it’s the food they cook for you. And if anything feels like love - it’s their warm and secure embrace. So if your kids or even you have grandparents still present in your lives be sure to treat them well! 

Of course, there is no choosing between a grandmother and a 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 it is given the approval by the grandfather of the house. 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 more quieter, distant type or the warm and smiley grandpa every grandchild would wish of having. 

But how do you say grandpa in Polish? Although you can call your Polish grandfather simply by its literal translation: Dziadek (pronunciation /ˈd͡ʑa.dɛk/), there are also other variants: like Dziadzia, Dziadzio or Dziadziu (in vocative, as the Polish language has seven cases), or Dziad (as an argumentative) or even Dziadziuś (in diminutive). Jaja can be also found as a variant, usually in PolishAmerican cultures. 

With all that said, did you know that there is even a day in the Polish calendar dedicated to the celebration of 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 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 the good health and even better humor of the grandfather of the house. Some schools even practice making cards and coming up with songs dedicated to grandfathers, or even organizing a school play and whole day dedicated to the celebration of the day. 

Here is one rhyme you can use if you wish to create a special card for the next upcoming Grandpa’s Day: 

Polish:

Kochany Dziadku!
Życzę Ci dużo zdrowia,
szczęścia, pomyślności
na Dzień Dziadka dużo gości,
by te chwile były miłe
i krążyły jak motyle. 

English:
Dear Grandpa!
I wish you all the health,
happiness and fortune,
And lots of guests on Grandpa’s Day,
For moments to fly joyfully,
Just as butterflies fly in the sky! 

Hopefully you enjoyed this little rhyme and that you’ll use all your creativity to celebrate your grandparents!


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