It is also good etiquette to send a hand written card to your host and hostess thanking them for their invitation and time.
When invited to a Polish family home it is considered good manners and accepted social etiquette to take a small gift such as a bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers for the hostess.
It is also good etiquette to send a hand written card to your host and hostess thanking them for their invitation, hospitality and time.
Polish vodka is world-renowned and will usually be served with all meals, between meals and at social events.
The most common toast is "na zdrowie," to your health.
Always be on time, it is considered extreme bad manners and poor etiquette to keep people waiting.
When departing, men shake hands with everyone individually.
If you are a Westerner you will be received warmly, but will have to prove yourself if you wish to remain part of the Polish circle.
The Poles are extremely good hosts and hostesses and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. If you are invited to a private home for dinner, be prepared to remove your shoes before entering (no holes in socks please!
Wait for your host to start eating before you start.
Keep your knife in your right hand and your fork in the left at all times.
The Polish workday usually starts around 8 am and ends no later than 4 pm. Sunday is a day of rest, a time to be with family and go to church - Poland is 90% Catholic.