Harvest Festival [20]

Harvest Festival

Subject: The Polish Calendar of Traditional Customs and Rituals
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 74000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: pad printing
Date of issue: 2004-09-10
Issue price: 75 pln
A procession in folk costumes bearing crops. Above, a semicircular inscription, DOŻYNKI (Harvest Festival).

Designer: Roussanka Nowakowska
Centrally, an image of the Eagle established as the state Emblem of the Republic of Poland. Around the eagle, a harvest wreath with bread, vegetables and fruit, interlaced with a white and red ribbon. On the left-hand side and on the right hand-side a semicircular inscription, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA. An inscription, 20 ZŁ, below. To the left of the inscription, a semicircular notation of the year of issue, 2004. The Mint's mark, m/w, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Roussanka Nowakowska

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Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival has many names in the Polish folklore, referring to the custom of walking around the fields after harvest or making a harvest wreath, which was the most important attribute of the festival, from ears of grain and other fruits of the earth. It was the most important farming festival during the year, held after the harvest was over. Originally organised by landowners for farm hands and all reapers working in the fields, it later turned into a festival held by affluent farmers and rural local government bodies.

The harvest and the crop it yielded were - and still are - a matter of great importance, crowning a year's worth of farmers' toil upon which human livelihood depended. Thus it was an occasion for a festive and well-deserved celebration.

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