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Grandma In Polish

June 05, 2019 3 min read

Babcia And Busia The Words For Polish Grandmother

Polish For Grandmother

Babcia, Busha, Busia, Grandma, Nana or Babushka. What do you call your Polish grandma? 

The most frequently used and correct polish word for grandma is Babcia. A Polish grandmother holds a very special place in every polish child's hearts, so it's only fair we learn more about her!

Grandmother In Polish Language

We all know of the term Babushka is often used to describe elderly Slavic women. However, it's not a Polish word, apart from the dolls or talking about the headscarf. This term is mostly known to describe a Russian grandmother and is not at all a Polish word for Grandmother. 

Busia and Busha are other variations used, but these are the Polish American variations and are not used in the Polish language. 

Polish For Grandma  

Grandma in Polish language is called Babcia (or Babunia, which is used more dearly), and she has an essential role in a typical Polish family. 

Although Poles always appreciate the cooking of their own mothers, it is Babcia that you go to whenever you need to be comforted with food

To Babicas, grandchildren never seem to grow up, they are always cared for as if they are still children; in the most positive sense of this description.

The Polish grandmother and Polish grandfather's importance is recognized in Poland and is even a part of Polish history. 

Grandmother's day has was introduced in 1964 and has been celebrated on January 21st, ever since. This is the day you pay a visit to your Polish grandmother with flowers and some sweets. A child would create a homemade gift, usually a card or a DIY craft product. Grandfather's day is celebrated on January 22nd.

Some schools take the time to dedicate the day for grandmothers, by creating a special school event (a play for, example) or by helping children create their own presents. There are also numerous songs and rhymes that they sing or write down - or are motivated to create their own! Here is one you can use if you are thinking of celebrating the upcoming Grandmother's Day: 

In Polish:

  • Wesołe słońce wesoło patrzy
  • i ciepły uśmiech posyła babci.
  • I ja też, Babciu, mam dziś dla Ciebie
  • uśmiech jak słonko jasne na niebie.

In English:

  • By the happy warmth's of the happy Sun,
  • Grandma is sent a warm smile,
  • And I too, dear Grandma, have for you,
  • A smile as bright as the Sun in the sky.

Polish American Grandmother 

There are some funny stereotypes about having a Polish grandmother. They are more apparent in the Polish American surroundings as they might seem quite uncommon, be you will discover you find most of them synonymous with all caring grandmothers. 

  • Your Polish grandma will tell you to put on a jacket: even if it's the middle of the summer. God forbid you catch a cold!
  • To a Polish grandmother, a sneeze is a sign that you should get in bed, call off all your engagements and rest for days until you get better. A sneeze to Babcia means you are ill!
  • Your Polish grandma will always make you wear slippers. This helps prevent you from catching a cold.
  • Your Polish grandmother will always fear that you are going around hungry. For her, you are always too skinny. DOn't even try to leave the table until you clean your plate up when you visit her.
  • She will have a meal ready for you regardless if you are hungry or not and will send you home with enough leftovers for days. 
  • Your Polish grandma will tell you that you don't call her enough even if you talk to each other twice a day. 

Now that you know a little bit more about Polish grandmothers, you can appreciate your own Babcia more, even if you're not Polish. Be thankful for having them in your life and make sure that one day your grandchildren will love you so!