On the 11th of November we talked on the Polish Public Television: TVP Polonia broadcast internationally about the celebration of the Polish Independence Day in the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands the Polish Independence day is celebrated by: organizing concerts of patriotic music, social meetings, Polish schools organize special educational performances and Polish Embassy organizes annually an official reception. Polish Ambassador, H.E. Jan Borkowski, Ph.D addressed all Polish citizens in the Netherlands by saying that Polish Independence day is a very special day for all the Polish citizens living in Poland and scattered all around the world.
On 11 November Poland celebrates the National Independence Day. (Polish: Narodowe Święto Niepodległości)
It is a national holiday day during which Polish people commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic in 1918 after 123 years of partitions.
Since 1795 Poland was divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. In 1918 the World War I ended as a defeat to all those major European powers. In October 1918 the process of formation of Polish independent government and seizing power from the hands of Austrians took place. On 11 November 1918 Józef Piłsudski, founder of Polish legions who came back from German prison one day earlier, was appointed the Commander-in-Chief over the Polish Forces. Three days later Pilsudski was given complete civil control over Polish territories.
11 November was celebrated as Polish Independence Day since 1920. In the communist period it was forbidden to celebrate this day but it was restored immediately after the collapse of communism in 1989.
Our coverage is available here: https://halopolonia.tvp.pl/27437140/11112016-2215
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