Why Should I become a member of the PNA?  We are a Fraternal organization, as you may know. But, what does this mean? How are we different? What does the PNA offer that I cant get some where else?  The answer is that as a Member of the PNA, you are considered as family in the PNA. Our Members are all part of an organization that cares about you. Assets that the PNA acquires goes right back to our Members, our Polish heritage, and what we represent and support and not lining pockets of big cooperates or any off shore investors.  We support Poland, all people of Polish descendent's, Polish-Americans and take Pride in our Polish heritage.
Next Lodge Business Meeting: July 15th 2014, 6:00 PM, ACPL Little Turtle Branch, 2201 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne

Sunday, April 27, 2008

An old Polish wedding tradition, The Sharing of Bread, Salt and Wine

The parents of the bride and groom greet the newly married couple and present them with rye bread, lightly sprinkled with salt, and a glass of wine. The bread represents the hope that the bride and groom will never go hungry.  The salt is a reminder that life may be difficult at times, but that they will learn to cope.  The wine symbolizes the desire that the couple will never go thirsty, and that their lives will be filled with health and happiness.  The parents kiss the newly married couple as a sign of welcome, unity, and love.

Another tradition is the vodka shot tradition. Two shot glasses are presented to the newlywed couple along with the bread and salt, one is filled with water and the other vodka.  The one that gets the vodka shot signifies who will be the one who "runs the household."

Different regions of Poland may of had simular but a different variation of customs and traditins unique to that region.