Poland's leader serves homeless Christmas Eve meal

24th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Christmas Eve is marked in Poland, among Europe's most devoutly Roman Catholic countries, with a "wigilia" or a traditional family dinner served without meat.

Warsaw -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk served up a traditional Polish Christmas Eve meal Wednesday to impoverished families and homeless people in his Baltic Sea port home city of Gdansk.

While his wife Malgorzata ladled out soup, Tusk and his daughter Katarzyna handed out traditional Polish cabbage and mushroom "pierogi" dumplings, one of several traditional Polish Christmas Eve dishes supplied by local restaurants.

"I hope you will accept me at your table," Tusk told hundreds of Gdansk's disadvantaged residents who gathered for the meal.

The prime minister also said he would spend the remainder of the day in hospital visiting his ailing mother.

Christmas Eve is marked in Poland, among Europe's most devoutly Roman Catholic countries, with a "wigilia" or a traditional family dinner served without meat.

AFP/Expatica

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