Photographer's Note

This fantastic folkish celebration in the village of Lipnica Murowana takes place every Palm Sunday which commemorates Christ's entry to Jerusalem. According to Catholic tradition, people bring "Palemki" (Little palms) to church on that day. As palm trees are not common in Poland Polish people created their own unique version of the palm, a colorful creation that was woven from dried flowers and straw. In every town throughout Poland you will find these palms, some the length of your elbow and others as much as six foot high. However, in Lipnica Murowana things are taken to a whole new level, with palms stretching as far up to the the heavens as possible.

There is an annual contest for the longest and most beautiful Easter palm in Lipnica Murowana. The village stages a vibrant competition to build the biggest festive palm, and the whole market place erupts in a blast of color and song. Master exhibits reach several meters in length, and the basis of the assessment is that they must stand alone and do not contain any metal pieces. Tradition does not allow that any mechanical devices can be used while standing a palm up.

The palms of Lipnica Murowana are made from a bunch of willow, red osier or hazel twigs. They are crowned with a top of catkins, fir twigs, colourful flowers and ribbons made of tissue paper.

The record - high Easter palm, winner of Easter Palms' Contest in Lipnica Murowana this year (2010), measures precisely 35 meters and 10 centimeters. It is as high as a 12-floor building! Zbigniew Urbanski from Lipnica Murowana, creator of the winning palm, has beaten his own record set last year.

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