Harvest Festival [2]

Harvest Festival

Subject: The Polish Calendar of Traditional Customs and Rituals
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 850000 pcs
On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180 degrees, separated by stars
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2004-09-10
Issue price: 2 pln
A procession in folk costumes bearing crops. On the right-hand side of the procession, an inscription, DOŻYNKI (Harvest Festival).

Designer: Roussanka Nowakowska
An image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. The notation of the year of issue, 20-04, at the sides of the Eagle. Below the Eagle an inscription, ZŁ 2 ZŁ. An inscription on the rim, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (The Republic of Poland) preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint's mark, m/w, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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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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