Growing up, Easter was never about chocolate bunnies and baskets filled with gifts from the Easter bunny – it was a time that had religious meaning and heartfelt traditions. Now that I'm a parent, I try my best to instil the same meaning of the holiday into my family.

One tradition that holds a special place in my heart is the Święconka, also know as Polish Easter basket blessing. It's a tradition that has been around for years, and  something I eagerly look forward to every year. 

For those unfamiliar, Święconka involves preparing a basket filled with symbolic foods, such as eggs, that symbolize life and Christ's resurrection, and the bread representing Jesus himself.  You then take your basket to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The blessed basket is brought home and the food is shared as part of the Easter Sunday meal.

As part of this tradition my mom always made our own basket from bread - I used to think, and still do, that it's so cool! Now that I'm older it's something we do together, and I love having my kids help out with it. 

My older sister and I with our Easter basketDaughter watching priest bless Easter basket TKLMy daughters with their Easter basket TKL

My daughters at church with our Easter basket.

Easter basket TKL

If you're curious about making your own Święconka, or Polish Easter basket, here's a step-by-step guide to get you started.


I'm so grateful for these cherished traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Amoungst the Easter bunny, the baskets of goodies, and all teh sweet treats, they serve as a beautiful reminder what the season is really about and the values we hold dear.

So here's to Easter – a time for celebration and, most importantly, family. May your holiday be filled with love, joy, and of course, a bit of chocolate.