The Annual Presidential Harvest Festival
– the farmers' great celebration was, unusually, organized in the Presidential Palace yard in Warsaw.
Farmers, the representatives of state authorities, members of local governments, and the representatives of trade industry communities met yet again to give thanks for this year's harvest and ask for prosperity in the year to come. Because of the epidemiological situation caused by the pandemic, this year's celebration was held in a limited form.
The celebration began with a service at the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph in Warsaw. The liturgy was celebrated by Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz.
The Harvest Ceremony and Mazowsze's concert
After the mass, the presidential couple led the harvest parade of people dressed in folk costumes from various regions of Poland. Together, they walked to the place where the ceremony was held. It was led by Mazowsze's artists, and followed by speeches by the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Ardanowski. The program of the ceremony made it possible to show farmers’ work throughout any given year along with the changing seasons. It was presented mostly through music, dance, and singing, but also through short acting scenes. The ceremony was mainly songs and chants, but the costumes were also very important. They were designed to show the character of each of the activities done in the fields, and were specially prepared by Mazowsze’s costume department, led by Rafał Orłowski. Apart from the harvest ceremony, the ensemble also performed in concert. Mazowsze's choir, ballet, and orchestra performed conducted by Jacek Boniecki.
The harvest festival is accompanied by a number of additional events, for example “The Prettiest Harvest Wreath Competition for the Polish President’s Award” – the presidential couple awarded diplomas to the competition participants, and the winning wreath was displayed on the stage at the begginning of the festivities.
The event was transmitted on public television.
Photography by Piotr Pasieczny/FOTOBUENO