In unison: Poles sing national anthem on Independence Day

On November 11, which marks the 101st anniversary of Poland regaining its independence, the Polish national anthem” Dąbrowski’s Mazurka “ (“Mazurek Dąbrowskiego” in Polish) is being sung in more than a thousand places all over the world.

Polish students to sing national anthem simultaneously across the world

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Deputy PM Piotr Gliński, the Culture and National Heritage Minister said the Poles liked singing the national anthem together.

The inauguration singing the anthem by Poles took place in 2018, during the centenary of Polish independence. This year, the collective performance will take place at noon.

“The singing of the anthem can take place in various circumstances, for example, onboard Polish commercial ship under the Polish flag, somewhere abroad, among neighbours in associations. There are many ways to do it,” Mr Gliński said.

On Friday at 11:11 local time, around 20,000 of students from schools and kindergartens in Poland sang the national anthem. The initiators of this performance are the Polish Education Ministry along with the Children and Youth Council. Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki sang the anthem with students of a school in Radzymin near Warsaw.

The Song of Polish Legions

The lyrics of Poland’s national anthem were written by Józef Wybicki in Reggio nell'Emilia, northern Italy, in late 1797, at a time when Poland was partitioned. Mr Wybicki was a member of Polish Legions in Italy, a unit which served along with Napoleon’s forces.

The author of the tune of “Dąbrowski’s Mazurka” remains unknown. The current text of the anthem was slightly modified in the 1920s. Moreover, two stanzas were removed from it.

On February 26, 1927, Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski, the then Interior Minister of Poland, issued a circular, establishing “Dąbrowski’s Mazurka” (“Mazurek Dąbrowskiego”) as the Polish national anthem.

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